Neti pot Seattle death: Doctors issue warning after brain infection ki

08 December, 2018, 15:27 | Author: Lillian Steele
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Doctors came across something they never suspected while carrying out brain surgery on a 69-year-old woman in the United States: a slushy mess of dead brain tissue.

"When I operated on this lady, a section of her brain about the size of a golf ball was bloody mush", Charles Cobbs, a neurosurgeon at Seattle's Swedish Medical Center, told the Times.

But when Cobbs operated to remove the mass, "it was just dead brain tissue", making it hard to determine what it actually was. We believe that the neti pot she was using probably had gotten contaminated.

The woman had gone to the doctor for a chronic sinus infection and was instructed to use a saline irrigation to clear out her sinuses, but while sterile water or saline is recommended, she used water filtered by a Brita Water Purifier, according to a case study in the International Journal of Infectious Diseases. She had been using water that had been put through a filter and maybe it had been sitting there and somehow the amoeba from somewhere else got in there.

According to the CDC, most cases of Balamuthia mandrillaris aren't diagnosed until immediately before death or after death, so doctors don't have a lot of experience treating the amoeba and know little about how a person becomes infected.

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By nasal lavage the researchers are referring to the use of a neti pot - a teapot-shaped device that relieves sinus pressure by flushing water through the nasal cavity. "We didn't have any clue what was going on, but when we got the actual tissue we could see it was the amoeba", Cobbs added. The CDC says it's possible that the amoeba may also live in water. In cases involving N. fowleri, for example, people have contracted the amoeba by jumping into a lake and having water shoot up their noses. After experiencing an intense seizure and an apparent loss of brain cognition, doctors started to investigate the possibility of the problem being in her brain.

With no diagnosis, her condition continued to decline and she developed more lesions on her brain. Her doctor told her it was rosacea and prescribed an ointment, according to the report. When doctors took a CT scan of her brain, they found what they initially believed to be a large tumour. The woman's brain surgery and subsequent biopsy finally revealed the true nature of her condition.

Doctors took the woman into critical care and quickly sent word to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which rushed a shipment of an anti-amoeba drug called miltefosine.

Balamuthia mandrillaris: As Gizmodo reported, there have only ever been 200 reported cases of B. mandrillaris globally.

Health officials say Neti pots can be safe to use as long as you follow the instructions and fill them only with boiled or distilled water.

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