A Dad Mistakenly Drank A Lava Lamp At Bedtime. This Is What Happened To His Kidneys.

  • Published: 06 May 2019
  • This case is from central New Jersey, fall 2015. Different from Erickson et. al. in references below.
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    John Posner as Patient AW
    Anna Fagan as Sheila
    John Pierce as Attending Physician
    Amani Al-Saray as Nurse
    Leilani Cartledge as Nurse
    Production Assistant: Bradley Williams

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    [0] Erickson TB. et. al. Acute renal toxicity after ingestion of Lava light liquid. Ann Emerg Med. 1996 Jun;27(6):781-4. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8644972

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    [3] Hanouneh M, Chen TK. Calcium Oxalate Crystals in Ethylene Glycol Toxicity. N Engl J Med. 2017 Oct 12;377(15):1467. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29020580

    [4] Song CH. et. al. A Case of Ethylene Glycol intoxication with Acute Renal Injury: Successful Recovery by Fomepizole and Renal Replacement Therapy. Electrolyte Blood Press. 2017 Dec; 15(2): 47–51. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5788815/

    [5] Laine GA. et al. Polyethylene glycol nephrotoxicity secondary to prolonged high-dose intravenous lorazepam. Ann Pharmacother. 1995 Nov;29(11):1110-4. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8573954

    [6] Funke ME. et. al. Methemoglobinemia Induced By Ingesting Lava Lamp Contents. Clin Pract Cases Emerg Med. 2018 Aug; 2(3): 207–210. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC6075504/
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Comments • 18 424

  • Chubbyemu
    Chubbyemu   4 months back

    👨‍⚕️👩‍⚕️🚑 🚨 Happy Medical Monday! 👨‍⚕️👩‍⚕️🚑 🚨

    • 3rd Reich Ball
      3rd Reich Ball  2 days back

      Haha what a dumb ass. Why didnt he just go get a 12 pack and chug it until he could go get help with his alcohol withdrawl? How do you drink a lava lamp?

    • Corporal Roebuck CoD WW2
      Corporal Roebuck CoD WW2  2 months back

      Why the fuck you have to put so many emojis man?!

    • Rusty Cruxian
      Rusty Cruxian  2 months back

      Good day to you sir

    • Some Kid
      Some Kid  3 months back

      Neat, I am currently doing a required suppository. Please hope I’ll be ok

    • Sakarias Karlsson
      Sakarias Karlsson  3 months back

      Ironically some alcohol is a cure for glycol poisoning..

  • Whoops
    Whoops  8 minutes back

    Ok so, he somehow accidentally drank a lava lamp. First of all, just how? Second of all, how did he even open it? Third of all, how tf did he not realize he was drinking a fucking lava lamp after the first sip, but continued and chugged the whole thing?!?!

    • Alexis Capeles
      Alexis Capeles  3 hours back

      Who drinks a lava lamp?

      • MANK Kahsk
        MANK Kahsk  6 hours back


        • Anna
          Anna  7 hours back

          I wonder if shiela secretly wanted him to die. He might not have been the best husband or father

          • Taps fan
            Taps fan  9 hours back

            This guy's wife was a complete idiot, why didn't she tell them right off that he had ingested the lava lamp fluid?!? What an idiot!!

            • Doctor. DJ
              Doctor. DJ  11 hours back

              How do you accidentally drink a lava lamp?

              • Tudor_XD
                Tudor_XD  17 hours back

                *bruh just drink a potion of fire resistance*

                • No one Here
                  No one Here  1 days back

                  A man made a joke on youtube,

                  This is what happened to his monetization.

                  • Hawkorvan
                    Hawkorvan  1 days back

                    Withdrawal is no joke

                    • Hawkorvan
                      Hawkorvan  1 days back

                      Ok this is p good

                      • Izzie
                        Izzie  1 days back

                        How tf does drinking a lava lamp seem like a good idea😭

                        • Anushka Bakshi
                          Anushka Bakshi  2 days back

                          I wonder what use will trousseau's sign be to me if a patient like this gets rushed. May the lord chubbyemu bless me to get a correct diagnosis.

                          • Anushka Bakshi
                            Anushka Bakshi  2 days back

                            Dude's blood/intestines must've been fun to watch.

                            • Gtx 1080 Ti
                              Gtx 1080 Ti  2 days back

                              Should have taken the magic 8 ball liquid antidote

                              • AceTriggerz
                                AceTriggerz  2 days back

                                Why do people dislike these videos?

                                • Gr33n bArBaR
                                  Gr33n bArBaR  2 days back

                                  How do you accidentally drink a lava lamp?

                                  • Zeglex
                                    Zeglex  2 days back

                                    and that's why kids
                                    don't drink

                                    because you drink lava lamps later

                                    • Voltron Fan person
                                      Voltron Fan person  2 days back

                                      Status epilepticus sounds like a harry Potter spell.

                                      • Voltron Fan person
                                        Voltron Fan person  2 days back

                                        T a s t y

                                        • Stephanie Joobern
                                          Stephanie Joobern  2 days back

                                          Aw this is actually very sad.:(

                                          • Brandon Brandt
                                            Brandon Brandt  2 days back

                                            why would he drink a DARN LAVA LAMP

                                            • TT ._
                                              TT ._  2 days back

                                              the comments

                                              • Hattie -
                                                Hattie -  2 days back

                                                “immediately after
                                                O N E S H O T I N G
                                                THE *INTIRE*

                                                • shodic the battle
                                                  shodic the battle  2 days back

                                                  How do you mistakenly drink a lava lamp

                                                  • jingle bells
                                                    jingle bells  2 days back

                                                    Fuck just drink a beer godamn

                                                    • pff313
                                                      pff313  2 days back

                                                      Wouldn’t that shit be too hot to drink ?

                                                      • Fairies and Lillies
                                                        Fairies and Lillies  3 days back

                                                        Erm just drink te?

                                                        • Zack Arthur
                                                          Zack Arthur  3 days back

                                                          Root beer

                                                          • bacon pies
                                                            bacon pies  3 days back

                                                            Chubbyemu in a nutshell

                                                            Emia meaning presence in blood

                                                            • Infinity war
                                                              Infinity war  3 days back

                                                              My initials are AW🤣🤣🤣

                                                              • Young Maestro
                                                                Young Maestro  3 days back

                                                                Wait, So DONT drink lava lamp juice 🥤? How queer

                                                                • Spicy Artisan Hipster Salami

                                                                  Not to shame the wife but WHY THE FU€K didn’t she tell the 911 operator that her husband drank a lAVaLaMp?! That seems like it’d be both embarrassing yet important somehow 🤔

                                                                • Lieutenant BaconWaffles

                                                                  What did he mistake it for? ORBITZ?

                                                                  • iiUniqu e
                                                                    iiUniqu e  3 days back

                                                                    A man blinked his eyes

                                                                    This is what happened to his liver

                                                                    • Lulukins
                                                                      Lulukins  3 days back

                                                                      Did the wife think that lava lamps were ok to drink? Why didn't she say anything?

                                                                      • Punt
                                                                        Punt  3 days back


                                                                        • Punt
                                                                          Punt  3 days back


                                                                      • burnoutberry
                                                                        burnoutberry  3 days back

                                                                        Correct me if I'm wrong, but if he recognized the lava lamp as a LAVA LAMP and drank the contents wouldn't that mean that he INTENTIONALLY drank the lava lamp. Interesting video, inaccurate title.

                                                                        • Nikki J
                                                                          Nikki J  3 days back

                                                                          You really called that a mistake?! You don’t mistakenly drink a lava lamp. 🤯

                                                                          • Direkt aber fair
                                                                            Direkt aber fair  3 days back

                                                                            What kind of person doesn't tell the paramedics that he drank a lava lamp??? How should the doctors know? This baffles me.

                                                                            • Lucy K.
                                                                              Lucy K.  4 days back

                                                                              It wasn’t “mistankenly” though. He drank it on purpose. It was desperation, but still on purpose.

                                                                              • diverse asmr
                                                                                diverse asmr  4 days back

                                                                                Part of.this complete breakfast

                                                                                • Karambot
                                                                                  Karambot  4 days back


                                                                                  • LiveLoveLift92
                                                                                    LiveLoveLift92  4 days back

                                                                                    Mistakenly drank a lava lamp!? I'd call it a mistake when asked too

                                                                                    • Cory90
                                                                                      Cory90  4 days back

                                                                                      The dumbass wife didn’t tell the hospital he drank an entire lava lamp. The whole family is handy

                                                                                      • May BRITT Rønningen
                                                                                        May BRITT Rønningen  4 days back

                                                                                        I must admite that i dont have much symphaty for people WHO Are drunk.

                                                                                        • AngryKitty
                                                                                          AngryKitty  4 days back

                                                                                          Good job Sheila, ya tit.

                                                                                          • J S
                                                                                            J S  4 days back

                                                                                            To the current alcoholics:
                                                                                            Withdrawals only last 4 days.
                                                                                            You can make it through.
                                                                                            Haven't drank in 1.75 years.
                                                                                            You can do it too.
                                                                                            Just get through those 4 days.
                                                                                            Go hour by hour, keep your mind occupied with a healthy, hands on hobby.