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Some cases need thinking

Posted on Fri Jun 30th, 2017 @ 8:42am by Lieutenant Marduk "Duke"

Location: ER
Timeline: current


A male Human, in his sixties, came into the ER. The staff couldn't believe that a man in his sixties was coming in intoxicated, incredibly so. He kept insisting he had not drank a drop of booze. The nurses scanned him and gave him a breathalyzer test, and reported that he had a blood alcohol concentration of 0.37%, or five times over the legal limit in the UFP. While many of the ER personnel suspected that he was drinking and hiding the fact, Marduk decided to take on the bizarre case.

Each day, even his church days, the man would end up drunk, swearing he hadn't touched a drop. In order to figure out why the man was getting drunk for seemingly no reason, Dr. Marduk isolated the man in a hospital room for 24 hours. During this isolation, the man was given carbohydrate-rich foods and ended up with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.12%.

Marduk discovered that the man's belly was actually brewing booze due to a buildup of yeast in his gut. When the man ate or drank starch-heavy foods, such as bagels and pasta, the yeast in his belly fermented the sugars into ethanol, which would then be absorbed by his body and would make him intoxicated. This build-up of yeast can happen after patients take anti-biotics, killing bacteria that stops yeast from growing and thriving. The man, suffering from 'gut fermentation syndrome' was treated by anti-fungal medication, and switching to a low-carb diet.

Marduk sat in his office, filing the medical report, chuckling as he remembered helping this particular patient. Too many strange occurences happened in the ER, and this was a mild case compared to some.



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