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Grey's Anatomy

Grey’s Anatomy Doc Speak: What’s Malignant Hyperthermia?

Though you didn't need a medical degree to understand the drama of this week's Grey's Anatomy episode (Season 8, Episode 10: “Suddenly”), there was some bizarre jargon tossed around. Those Grey's writers think they can wow us with their big vocabulary, but we've got their number. Here are the deets.

Bailey's (Chanda Wilson) patient Michael, the son in the doomed family, suffered a grade IV liver laceration. Lacerations to the liver are graded on a scale of I to VI, depending on the severity. Level IV means that the laceration affected 25 to 75% of one of the liver's five lobes, and is often caused by blunt objects.

Ben saved the day when he conjectured that Michael was deteriorating in the OR because of malignant hyperthermia, a rare condition in which the body (specifically the circulatory system) reacts harshly to drugs used in general anaesthesia.

Julia thought she could save Abby's eye by exposing the orbit and enucleating the eye. Orbit is just a fancy way of saying eye socket, and enucleating is a fancy way of saying removing the eye. At least these more eloquent turns of phrase make us squirm a little less.

Sources: Wikipedia, Trauma.org

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01.7.2012 / 01:30 AM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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