What caused this aneurysm?
October 10, 2006 10:55 PM Subscribe
WWII Medical Mystery Filter: Why did this young woman have an aneurysm?
posted by acoutu to health & fitness (22 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
During World War II, a young woman in the UK is hit in the head by a boom at a munitions factory, but the 21-year-old woman seems to be okay. (No details available on what this means.) About two weeks later, she and her younger sister go on a trip to the seashore by themselves. While there, she gets her period and complains that she feels very ill and that her period is very heavy. The younger sister persuades her to stay just one more day.
The next day, they take the train back home. The young woman gets into the shower and calls her mother, who gasps at the amount of blood and rushes her to hospital. Tragically, the young woman dies in hospital. Doctors say the cause is an aneurysm.
Over the years, family members assumed the aneurysm was caused by the blow to the head. The younger sister has spent 60 years blaming herself for persuading her older sister to spend one more day at the beach.
Can a blow to the head result in an aneurysm that would lead to bleeding that would be mistaken for a period? It's possible that something else caused the aneurysm. And it's possible the doctors used aneurysm and the family assumed it was related to the head injury.. Perhaps doctors even used aneurysm vaguely. It does seem a little odd that an aneurysm would take place over a few days, but I am not a doctor.