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What Happened Next

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Stories For The Waiting Room

Doctors in Maryland noted that the head of a 4-month-old boy was growing faster than normal for his age. A scan revealed a brain tumor containing what appeared to be teeth. When doctors removed the tumor, they also extracted several fully formed teeth within it.

Teeth have been found in other tumor types, but not in the brain. The case was reported in the New England Journal of Medicine in 2014. The boy made a full recovery.

Life in Big Macs

One hour of riding in a car or truck burns 68 calories (based on a 150-pound person) or the equivalent of 0.1 Big Macs. Exception: If you're driving one of the Flintstones' cars.

Doc Talk

O-sign: Used to describe a comatose patient with his mouth agape.

Q-sign: Similar to an O-sign, but with the patient's tongue protruding.

Q-dot sign: Similar to a Q-sign, but with a fly on the tongue. Considered to be a poor prognostic indicator.

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