Sunday, May 1, 2011

Belly Fat Can Save You!



Forget about diabetes, hypertension, high cholesterol, metabolic syndrome, decreased libido, panniculitis, heart attacks, strokes, smelling bad, taking up too much space on an airplane, etc....being really fat can save your life!

A 22 year old male came in with a stab wound to the abdomen. But because he was 450 pounds and litterally had 20 inches of belly fat, the large knife only penetrated fatty tissue. The CT even read "penetration through 8 inches of subcutaneous fat, not in close proximity to the abdominal cavity." A couple of staples and out the door!

So at least there is one benefit to being a big boy.


-ER Doc

10 comments:

Alison said...

Omg. Well now I want to know how many inches of belly fat I have.

Alison said...

I shall call them "inches of safety"

SerenityNowHospital said...

I like that. I called his "belly armor"

NP Odyssey said...

Biggest Loser candidate? Unfortunately there are too many to choose from these days.

Anonymous said...

My extra inches are just in case I get breast CA, I have enough for an bilateral TRAM flap. WIN WIN!

Hal Apeno said...

Thank you, that's all the incentive I need. ;-)

Allison said...

Wow -- I'm trying to wrap my mind around how he accumulated that much fat so young. That's more than an inch a year, isn't it? Crazy!

SerenityNowHospital said...

the next day i saw a 20 year old mexican that weighed 550 pounds, 5 foot 6 inches. he looked like the spanish version of the big guy on the movie old school. he has severe cardiomyopathy with an ejection fraction of 15% b/c he is fat and does drugs. there are some really big people around

Melissa said...

I took care of a similar patient. Mine wasn't overweight though, he was just a super big guy and built like a truck. I think he said he was 6'10.

Anyone else wanna know who had the stones to stab someone that big, or is it just me?

ERP said...

Too bad any amount of fat won't stop a 9mm. Just ask Biggie Smalls.