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Man in hospital after eating world's hottest chilli

Man in hospital after eating world's hottest chilli

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Человек оказался в больнице,после того,как поел
самый острый перец в мире.


http://www.bbc.com/news/health-43699484

A man who ate the world's hottest chilli pepper in a
chili-eating contest ended up in hospital after experiencing
"thunderclap" headaches.

The 34-year-old man had eaten one Carolina Reaper
chilli in the contest in New York State.

The "crushingly painful" headaches came on in the next few days.

His experience has been published in the BMJ Case Reports
as it is the first case to be associated with eating
chili peppers.

The doctor who reviewed his case has warned anyone eating
hot chilli peppers to seek medical attention immediately
if they experience sudden onset headaches.

"Thunderclap" headaches are caused by the sudden tightening
of the vessels that supply blood to the brain, a condition
known as reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome (RCSV).

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Immediately after eating at the contest, the man experienced dry heaves.

Severe neck pain developed over the next few days along
with debilitating severe headaches, lasting just a
few seconds at a time.

The pain was so bad he went to the emergency room and
was tested for various neurological conditions, but
the results were negative.

A CT scan showed that several arteries in his brain had
constricted, leading doctors to diagnose him with RCVS.

World's hottest chilli
The Carolina Reaper delivers an average of 1,569,300
Scoville Heat Units (SHU)
As a comparison jalapeno peppers score between 2,500
to 8,000 SHU
It was named the world's hottest chilli pepper by the
Guinness World Records in 2013
It was created by Ed Currie from the Pucker Butt Pepper
Company in South Carolina over ten years
He started growing chillies after learning that capsaicin
found in chillies had potential as a cancer-fighting drug
and he donates half of his harvest to cancer research
RCVS does not always have an obvious cause, but can occur
as a reaction to some prescription medication, or after
taking illegal drugs.

This is the first case to be associated with eating
chili peppers. Previously eating cayenne pepper has been
linked to sudden constriction of the coronary artery and
heart attacks.

The man's symptoms cleared up by themselves. And a CT scan
five weeks later showed that his arteries had returned to their normal size.

Generally RCVS resolves within days to weeks and often has
a favourable long-term prognosis, but in some cases severe
vasoconstriction resulting in a stroke have been reported
- but they are very rare.

Dr Kulothungan Gunasekaran, at the Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit,
who wrote the report, said people need to be aware of these
risks, if eating the chilli.

"We would not advise against eating Carolina Reaper at this
time, but we would recommend the general public be cautious
about these adverse effects and we advise that they should
seek medical attention immediately if they develop sudden
onset headache after eating hot peppers."
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