You may experience interruption of Corporis Fabrica’s daily posting and original content schedule in the coming weeks, as I’m flying out for a short break and may not have wifi or time to keep the queue stocked! That said, you may not experience an interruption at all, and this message will have been a little redundant.
In any case, I will be back soon, hopefully with some some new medical tales to tell.
Most of us have been to a hospital at some points in our lives and some of us spend more time there than we would like. If you ask the average person, they will tell you that a hospital is not an enjoyable place to be, and that’s a shame. Here’s a quick primer (or reminder) as to what it might look like to be bound to a hospital bed:
For those of you who have been in that position, do any simple changes spring to mind which, if put in place, would lead to a better stay?
Primary amoebic meningoencephalitis is one of the deadliest diseases in the world, with a fatality rate exceeding 95%.
It’s caused by an excavate called Naegleria fowleri, commonly called the ‘brain-eating amoeba’, which is usually found in warm bodies of fresh water like hot springs, rivers, ponds and lakes. Sometimes it can also be found in poorly chlorinated swimming pools, but there has been no documented case of N. fowleri inhabiting salt water.
In order for the infection to occur, contaminated water containing the excavate must be ingested via the nose, or insufflated. Naegleria fowleri then attaches itself to the olfactory nerve, entering the central nervous system and migrates to the brain where it multiplies greatly by feeding on nerve tissue.
It’s a very rare disease, with some 300-400 cases reported to date.
Top image: Brain of a female chimpanzee with amoebic encephalitis caused by Balamuthia mandrillaris, a similar organism to N. fowleri. Source.
Bottom image: The histopathologic characteristics associated with a case of amebic meningoencephalitis due to Naegleria fowleri parasites. Source