The Unrepentant Individual

...just hanging around until Dec 21, 2012

November 29, 2005

Fat-bottomed girls

I wish I had the imagination to make this stuff up. Science is funny.

Longer needles needed for fatter buttocks

Fatter rear ends are causing many drug injections to miss their mark, requiring longer needles to reach buttock muscle, researchers said on Monday.

Standard-sized needles failed to reach the buttock muscle in 23 out of 25 women whose rears were examined after what was supposed to be an intramuscular injection of a drug.

Two-thirds of the 50 patients in the study did not receive the full dosage of the drug, which instead lodged in the fat tissue of their buttocks, researchers from The Adelaide and Meath Hospital in Dublin said in a presentation to the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America.

So they examined the rears of some fat-bottomed girls and found that they didn’t quite absorb as much medicine. As my coworker said, isn’t this just some sort of Darwinian problem? Of course, the Darwinian excuse may not quite fly, because I don’t think I’ve ever seen an overweight heroin junkie…

Oddly enough, I’m actually at the annual meeting of the Radiological Society of North America, but I ended up hearing this little tidbit of information from the newspaper :-)

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  1. Guess, I’ll need a longer needle. The last time I had a shot in the “bottom”, was Yearssss ago. Ha Ha.

    Comment by fLucy Stern — November 30, 2005 @ 12:22 pm
  2. Interestingly, I was a juror on a malpractice claim years ago. Heavyset lady had a “facet joint injection” (i.e., shot in back for pain) go wrong and ended up with chemical meningitis, other complications. The doctor (a very senior orthopedic surgeon) hadn’t used radiological positioning to put the needle in, and her lawyers contended her weight dictated he should have. Nothing like listening to video in a warm, dark courtroom of dueling talking heads on the pros and cons of this topic, believe me.

    We eventually awarded her funds for lost wages and such, but no malpractice – the experts cancelled each other out and the guy just did so many of the procedures, somebody was going to get the short straw at some point. My DH, who is an XRay and CT tech, says oh, yeah – needle positioning with fat people is definitely an issue. I’m sure he won’t be surprised by this news. It does smack a little of the CDC obsession with obesity these days. (“Hey fat people – here’s another reason you should feel bad.”)

    We need some kind of Cochran-esque quote: If you have junk in your trunk, you might lessen the injection. Or something – caffeine is alllll gone. Cheers!

    Comment by Sheryl — December 1, 2005 @ 11:53 pm

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