Friday, June 8, 2007

Patient bleeds green blood

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A patient in Canada who needed urgent leg surgery shocked his team of surgeons when he began bleeding a dark green blood that has been linked to Star Trek's Mr. Spock.

The patient in Canada had been taking a migraine medicine called sumatriptan in sizable doses, at least 200 milligrams a day. The compounds in the medicine caused a rare condition named sulfhemoglobin. This condition occurs when sulfur is present in the hemoglobin and causes the red blood cells to appear dark green, nearly black.

The man needed urgent surgery at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver because he had fallen asleep in a sitting position and because of pre-existing condition, he could have lost his legs.

Source : associatedcontent

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