The 27 Strangest Medical Cases Of All Time – WaitUp

The 27 Strangest Medical Cases Of All Time

The doctor’s office can bring up memories of unpleasant times. Most people go to the hospital for a broken bone or a cut, but imagine going to the doctor because of a toothpick in the liver or a kitten that caused an ulcer. For some unlucky souls, this is a reality. Some medical incidents are so unbelievable they become case reports. Case reports supply future doctors with information to help in similar situations and provide additional research in the medical field. The next visit to the hospital will be a relatively boring experience compared to these 27 bewildering medical cases.

Fish Bone In The Eyeball


A case report published in September of 2015 revealed a fifty-two-year-old man visiting the Red Sea who swam through a school of fish. Shortly after colliding with one of the oncoming fish, one of the man’s eyelids began to swell and would not heal. A trip to the doctor revealed an inflamed area on the eyelid called a granuloma. While receiving surgery for the granuloma, the doctors found the jawbones of a fish called a halfbeak. Halfbeaks are known to live in the shallow areas of coastal waters. The eyelid was drooping due to the fish bones which were immobilizing the muscles. Luckily, it did not take long for the swimmer to recover.

Sudoku Seizures

In November of 2008, a twenty-five-year-old man went skiing with his friend and got caught in an avalanche. The man was buried in the snow, but his skiing friend happened to be a paramedic who rescued the man and gave him CPR. Along with a fractured hip and ruptured spleen, the man’s brain and body tissues were lacking a sufficient amount of oxygen from being buried under the snow for a period of time. The prolonged lack of oxygen left the man with a condition called hypoxia. Hypoxia caused the muscles in the man's mouth and legs to twitch when he used them.

After a few weeks, the man left the hospital and went on to a rehabilitation centre for further recovery. During his free time there, the man started solving a sudoku puzzle - a pleasant pastime of his - that triggered a seizure. The source of the seizure came from the man’s ability to imagine numbers in three-dimensional form - an ability used to solve sudoku puzzles. The hypoxia destroyed inhibitory fibres which help slow down brain signalling. The over-activation of the brain while creating the three-dimensional images resulted in seizures.

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