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Worlds hottest pepper triggered this man's headache and you can actually see it

Published: 10 APR 2018 08:23AM

Words by AC Speed | Senior Editor

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“A 34-year-old man with no significant medical history presented to the emergency room (ER) after an episode of thunderclap headache. His symptoms began with dry heaves but no vomiting immediately after participation in a hot pepper contest where he ate one ‘Carolina Reaper,’ the hottest chili pepper in the world.” - Dr. Kulothungan Gunasekaran

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The majority of us suffer from headaches, if you haven’t you’re probably not human. This man, however, suffered from such a debilitating headache that he had to present himself to A&E (ER) after devouring the world's hottest pepper, The Carolina Reaper. A name it clearly deserves.

“The pain was excruciating…” - Contestant

Pepper eating contests are common around the world, but it’s very rare that medical professionals ever get an opportunity to catch a headache in action at the hands of something such as a pepper.

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After being checked for various conditions to determine the cause of the man's pain, doctors performed a CT scan and found that his blood vessels in his brain had shrunk quite significantly. This is known as ‘reversible cerebral vasoconstriction syndrome’.

“CT angiography revealed no aneurysm but demonstrated unexpected multifocal luminal narrowing in the left supraclinoid internal carotid artery, M1 segment of bilateral middle cerebral arteries, and P1 segments of bilateral posterior cerebral arteries consistent with vasospasm.”

Several weeks later the man returned to the ER for another scan and doctors had found his blood vessels had returned to normal.

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“No cases of RCVS secondary to peppers or cayenne have been previously reported, but ingestion of cayenne pepper has been associated with coronary vasospasm and acute myocardial infarction”

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