Medical Mysteries

Episode 1 - Useful contacts

/ 24 March 2016

 

P.A.N.D.A.S. – Cameron Lindsay

P.A.N.D.A.S. (Paediatric Autoimmune Neuropsychiatric Disorders Associated with Streptococcal Infections) is a rare condition affecting children. Where normally antibodies are produced to fight bacteria and eliminate them from the body, in sufferers of PANDAS, the antibodies attack the part of the brain that controls emotions, behaviour and physical movements resulting in extreme physical and psychiatric symptoms such as OCD, anxiety, tics and personality changes.

For more information on the condition please go to  http://www.pandasuk.org/


FISH ODOUR SYNDROME – Cassie Graves

Fish Odour Syndrome  or Trimethylaminuria is a condition where the body can’t metabolise a chemical called Trimethylamine, a smelly chemical that is produced when the body digests choline rich foods like fish and eggs. Whilst there’s no cure for Fish Odour Syndrome it’s possible to keep the smell at bay by not eating certain foods.

For more information on the condition please go to  http://tmau.org.uk/


SIPE – Linda Whitehead

Swimming induced pulmonary edema is condition that has been found amongst the world’s fitness elite including the the US Navy Seals and the Israeli Marines. It is thought to happen when cold water restricts the blood vessels and blood pressure rises.  When combined with a tight wetsuit this results in the lungs struggling to get enough oxygen. The heightened pressure in the capillaries push blood out into the surrounding tissue, flooding the lungs and making it harder to breathe.