- Cafe Coronary. Cafe Coronary is a medical emergency characterized a complete and abrupt upper airway obstruction resulting from the occlusion of the esophagus and larynx by a bolus of food (often meat); it mimics acute myocardial infarction (e.g. dob, loss of speech, cyanosis ) and may lead to death. The basic procedure for the relief of cafe coronary is the Heimlich Maneuver. If the Heimlich Maneuver doesn't expel the foreign body, a cricothyrotomy is performed by trained healthcare personnel.
- Steakhouse Syndrome. Steakhouse Syndrome is a medical term for the obstruction of the lower esophagogastric sphincter with a large bolus of food such as poorly chewed pieces of steak, poultry, or pork. Patients with Steakhouse Syndrome experience intense epigastric pain resolved by the passage of the obstructing bolus of food into the stomach. The condition is treated as a medical emergency as it can lead to aspiration and perforation of the esophagus.
- Sushi Syncope. Sushi Syncope is the term for a transient, sudden loss of consciousness caused by a sudden fall in blood pressure resulting from the ingestion of a large bolus of wasabi (beware, sushi lovers!). Also called Seder Syncope or Horseradish Syncope.
Merry Christmas, you beautiful people!!! It is December 25 as of this writing and I know you had second helpings at the dinner table last night so before you say "sky's the limit" on your meals for the rest of the holidays, here are a couple of terms to add to your medical vocabulary: