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An alarming cherry — further food-derived medical terms

Cherries – Image from Wikimedia Commons

We have looked at the strawberry as a food-derived medical term. Today: the cherry. First, savor this article with an alarming title:

Diaz K, Malave A. Cherry Red Emergency”: Acute Epiglottitis Requiring Surgical AirwayChest, 2012; 142 (4_MeetingAbstracts), 12A-12A.

Here is more information elaborating on the cherry red epiglottis (a flap of tissue at the tongue’s back that helps ensure food doesn’t go the wrong way into the airway when swallowing – a potential disaster).

While still nibbling on the above, consider the cherry red spot and cherry red discoloration.

BONUS: Info about actual cherries.

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