Archive for November, 2009

Steroid abuse scars young bodybuilder

November 26, 2009

Following a report published last week in Journal of Medical Case Reports on a 24-year-old man who experienced multiple organ failure after steroid abuse we thought we would share another case report on the subject. Published in The Lancet a few months ago this case describes a 21-year-old male presenting with deep, ulcerating sores on his chest and back after heavy steroid use.

After antiseptic and antibiotic treatment the wounds healed but the patient was left with permanent scars.

Dr Peter Arne Gerber, from the Department of Dermatology at Heinrich-Heine-University in Düsseldorf, Germany, warned that moderate amounts of the drug could cause big problems.The man did not stop taking the steroids once the skin problems developed because he was more concerned with losing muscle mass. He eventually stopped but by then it was found the steroid abuse had also caused a low sperm count and shrunken testicles.

Here is our round up of other interesting case reports, blogs and news features from the past week:

Brazilian boy survives rabies [22 Nov 08] – A 15-year-old boy from Brazil who contracted rabies from the bite of a vampire bat is recovering after doctors used the Milwaukee Protocol for treatment.

Stem-cell transplant seems to fend off HIV [14 Nov 08] – A bone marrow transplant using stem cells from a donor with natural genetic resistance to the AIDS virus has left an HIV patient free of infection for nearly two years

Michael Phelps and A.D.H.D: a discussion [24 Nov 08] – Did swimmer Michael Phelps succeed at the Olympics in spite of having attention deficit hyperactivity disorder — or partly because of it?

Half of primary-care doctors in survey would leave medicine [18 Nov 08] – In a survey of U.S. primary care physicians, nearly half the respondents said that they would seriously consider getting out of the medical business within the next three years if they had an alternative.