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Man bleeds green blood, relation to Mr Spock ruled out.

In canada, crazy, Crazy news, death, green blood, Human survival, Humour, Life, mens health, Odd News, People, surgery, technology, World News on June 8, 2007 at 7:50 pm

 

Surgeons in Canada had the shock of a lifetime when a man they were operating on began to bleed green blood. The 42-year-old, who was in emergency surgery after he fell asleep while sitting and developed a dangerous condition in his legs, shed a dark greenish colored blood reports say.

The unusual colour of his blood was down to the migraine medication he was taking. His blood returned to normal once he eased off the drug which he had been taking large doses – 200 milligrams a day in fact.

The drug caused a rare condition called sulfhaemoglobinaemia, where sulphur is incorporated into the oxygen-carrying compound haemoglobin in red blood cells.

“The patient recovered uneventfully, and stopped taking sumatriptan after discharge. When seen five weeks after his last dose, he was found to have no sulfhaemoglobin in his blood,” the lead surgeon told journalists.

The man had compartment syndrome, which sees swelling and pressure in the leg which limits blood flow and causes localised tissue and nerve damage. It is commonly caused by trauma, internal bleeding or a wound dressings or cast being too tight.

According to the fictional TV series Star Trek, Mr Spock of the starship Enterprise had green blood because the oxidizing agent in Vulcan blood is copper, not iron, as it is in humans.

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