Thursday, November 15, 2012

Found in a hospital chart

I don't know what it is. But it sure sounds bad.




For non-medical readers: The real phrase is "subarachnoid hemorrhage," which is a bleed in the spaces around the brain.

22 comments:

C said...

Is that kind of like an arachnid? Because spiders in the brain sounds fun!

Moose said...

Dang, C beat me to it. I was gonna say that this is a rampant case of bleeding spiders.

MSGMD said...

I'd rather have an idle hemorrhage than one that was moving all over the place...

Taryn said...

Me, too! I was going to make a spider joke!

Nurse Lilly said...

Normally you only see that kind of injury in The Green Goblin or Dr. Octopus.

Kim Kasch said...

Poor over-tired doctor :( staying up too late to watch Stephen King movies

MDaisy said...

You don't need no stinkin' doc you need the pest control tech!

Sorry doc!

Merri said...

Well OBVIOUSLY, it's a Below the Spider Hemorrage!
- The Equestrian Vagabond

Steeny Lou said...

Did a doctor type that himself? I wouldn't be surprised. When doctors try to spell things for me (I'm a medical transcriber), they almost always fail at it. And that's why we are here - to spell for you! :) So keep your MTs well-paid!

Anonymous said...

Being familiar with the subarachnoid space, I didn't think of spiders, but I did mis-read it to say subarachNOODLE hemorrhage, which I thought was pretty amusing.

I could fill a book with the funny stuff I have found in med records, to wit: "I saw the patient and she is sicker than snot."

Pretty descriptive. You really can't get much sicker than that, now can you? Tricia

Liz said...

Hope the patient and his noidle turned out all right!

Anonymous said...

Subarachnoid hemorrhage in a Pastafarian (believer in the Flying Spaghetti Monster), obviously. Somebody may have hit him or her on the colander.

Ms. Donna said...

Hope Pt. was OK. As a former medical reporter, I had to wade through this stuff! Tabers was my best friend.

BTW, if an MD spells something wrong and the poor reporter spells it just how the MD did, guess who is wrong?

Ans: THE REPORTER! This is how I learned to do ALL my own research on what an MD tells me.

Anonymous said...

Makes me think of the snake-worms in "beetle juice", or "tremors", and the old ear worm SF story so memorable adapted in old TZ classics...

Grumpy, M.D. said...

The subarachnoid space has that name because of the fine filamentous tissue that runs through it. It looks like a spider web.

Ms. Donna said...

Grumpy, that is neat to know. I thought you did not do surgery, or do you just visualize?

Lizzie LVT said...

I can't help but read this in the voice of the professor on the Simpsons...subarachNOIDLE!!!

Wendy said...

Basic anatomy is basic, so basicly every docter once knew this. And some are nerdier than others and remember it after the exams....

Anonymous said...

Oh, we laugh at those "interesting" diagnosis that show up in the EHR at my hospital too. I'm happy to see this happens elsewhere!!

One of my all time favorites was "small bowel reception"

JanTink said...

It's amazing how hard it can be to keep all that medical terminology in your noidle...er....noodle for when you need it! I'm also an MT...my favorite was a nurse practitioner who would say "nasal turbines" instead of turbinates. The images this evoked when she first said it were...memorable! I did correct it for her and apparently she noticed, as now she says turbinates instead.

Anonymous said...

My mum had one after an aneurysm rupture. Horrible, horrible things. She seemed to be recovering and then developed vasospasms. We are lucky she is alive. And I bet to a neurologist that's as about as interesting as boogers to a GP....

awesomesauciness said...

Oh sweet clothespin jeebus! I read that and immediately thought the patient had bleeding spiders in his brain.

Spiders, people!

Ima be over here in the corner in a fetal position.

 
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