NYE Special: Champagne aint just for drinking

December 31st, 2009

My NYE isn’t the best.  I’m on call, therefore I’m sober, solo, and signing notes at 11 pm.

I may actually be going back to the hospital to stop some bleeding.  We’ll see.  I really hope it stops by itself.

Life throws you a bone sometimes, though:

So, I’m sitting here writing a consult note at home, trying to help make tomorrow be ~slightly~ less excruciating, and as I like to think I’m a good doc I’m doing a PubMed lit search for an unusual condition: spontaneous pneumoperitoneum.  I’m browsing through the results and I come across the following:

“Chemical Peritonitis from Champagne”

It was written in 2004 by MY BOYS in the U of Chicago Emergency Department (a fascinating place in which I spent WAY too much time during residency).

As a friend to a fine graduate of this department, I was proud.

As a gastroenterologist, I was intrigued.

As a drinker of champagne, I was worried.

So I download the full text and read it.  Only to realize it had nothing to do with drinking champagne.

I’ll leave it to your inquiring and inventive minds to figure out just how one can get inflammation of the lining of your abdomen by champagne without actually drinking it.

Think hard, my friends, think hard.

Or do yourselves a New Year’s favor and read the case report.  I guarantee it’s worth it.


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