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Wednesday, October 06, 2004 :::

Till death, or surgical removal, do we part.

I filed this picture away for a few months because it had no explanation when I found it online. But today I found the back-story, and I don't like to be the only one who has to be grossed out, so here you go:

A 44-year-old woman was brought to hospital by police. Over a period of years she had isolated herself and her daughter from society, arousing the concern of neighbours. A scant history of “schizophrenia”, personality disorder and intellectual disability was obtained from distant relatives.

Examination revealed classic clinical features of profound hypothyroidism. In addition, a lump was found on the patient’s ring finger (Box 1, A). Her mental state necessitated admission, after a psychiatric consultation, as an involuntary patient.

Investigations confirmed the diagnosis of hypothyroidism and indicated anaemia due to iron deficiency (Box 2). An x-ray of the lump (Box 1, B) revealed a wedding ring totally encased in the soft tissue. The patient was started on thyroxine and antipsychotic medication and transferred to a psychiatric institution, with marginal improvement in her mental state. Her daughter was removed to the care of child welfare authorities. The wedding ring was surgically removed. Histopathological examination of the lump revealed a foreign body granuloma with chronic low-grade Staphylococcus aureus infection.

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This is just plain gross.

Did you notice that the "wedding" band is on the wrong hand?

By Blogger Trekgeekscott, at 7:20 AM  

OK, so I just picked my jaw up off the floor. That's sick.

By Blogger hot babe, at 10:29 AM  

At least she can say she was married. *sigh*

By Blogger Kristina, at 12:40 PM  

Is that a trade-off you'd be willing to make? Meaty potato finger for being able to say you have an ex-husband? Man, girls are weird.

By Blogger dan, at 2:29 PM  

O.k.l I am scared.I am on my way to that.I have not been able to remove my size 5 ring in a long time.I need to go to the club tonight.

By Blogger Stacy, at 2:44 PM  

Please take this picture off your blog. Please? Please!!! I feel like the kid in the team pic everytime I look at it.

By Blogger hot babe, at 9:32 AM  


who let this lady breed?

By Blogger amy leigh, at 2:42 PM  


who let this lady breed?

By Blogger amy leigh, at 2:43 PM  

What's her wedding ring doing on her right hand though? Or am I the only one who ever notices these things?

By Blogger tcarole, at 12:51 AM I don't feel so bad about my 9 month pregnant swollen fingers...

By Blogger Monkey, at 9:14 PM  

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