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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    Anna Fagan as Sheila
    John Pierce as Attending Physician
    Amani Al-Saray as Nurse
    Leilani Cartledge as Nurse
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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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    [2] Kraut JA, Mullins ME. Toxic Alcohols. N Engl J Med. 2018 Jan 18; 378:270-280. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/29342392

    [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 • 18 454

  • Chubbyemu
    Chubbyemu   4 months back

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

    • 3rd Reich Ball
      3rd Reich Ball  7 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  3 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..

  • Way Too Many Napkins
    Way Too Many Napkins  8 hours back

    How do you accidentally drink a lava lamp? Isn't that shit hot?

    • Katy Bug
      Katy Bug  1 days back

      Wow, crazy cool video! I love the scientific breakdown.. that’s so crazy interesting! But the damn wife is an idiot for not telling the docs sooner, I mean that would’ve been like one of the first things I would’ve been screaming! Jeez.. poor guy

      • Oh my gosh Is that bread?

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        • Oh my gosh Is that bread?

          “Dumb ways to die! So much dumb ways to die! Dumb ways to di-e-e-e so many dumb ways to die! You can drink a lava lamp, you can ran over by a train....”

          40 likes for more!

          • Oh my gosh Is that bread?

            How in the hell do you accidentally drink a lava lamp? That concerns me...........

            • Nerdygirl
              Nerdygirl  2 days back

              The thumbnail picture of this video is half of a walnut, this is what happened to my brain.

              • Lonestarpants Zoey
                Lonestarpants Zoey  3 days back

                Why did you drink the lava lamp that’s dangerous you should drink that I didn’t drink it because that was super dangerous at least the daddy is not OK because well the daddy is not OK maybe he shouldn’t drink it well he shouldn’t drink it his kidneys are really really bad don’t drink it don’t break it down and he’ll drink it that’s too late

                • Cosmic Kitty
                  Cosmic Kitty  3 days back

                  Honestly though, how do you manage to drink a lava lamp? I touch one by accident and *bam,* blister.

                  Alcohol withdrawals are whack.

                  • Ayush Pandey
                    Ayush Pandey  3 days back

                    Why didnt the camera man saved him?

                    • Peggy Ferguson
                      Peggy Ferguson  3 days back


                      first thoughts:


                      AW MAN

                      • MrGoatflakes
                        MrGoatflakes  4 days back

                        Telling an alcoholic to go cold turkey is lining up for manslaughter.

                        • xXDoritoEngine22Xx
                          xXDoritoEngine22Xx  4 days back

                          I swear these stories are from Florida man

                          • oliver tackman
                            oliver tackman  4 days back

                            0:20 AW MAN

                            • Μ j
                              Μ j  4 days back

                              Me:sees title
                              Me: How the f*ck do you accidentally drink a lava lamp?

                              • Sammy B
                                Sammy B  4 days back

                                I can't imagine taking my addict husuband into the ER because he drank a fucking lava lamp. That woman is a saint.

                                • Whoops
                                  Whoops  4 days 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  4 days back

                                    Who drinks a lava lamp?

                                    • MANK Kahsk
                                      MANK Kahsk  5 days back


                                      • Anna
                                        Anna  5 days back

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

                                        • Taps fan
                                          Taps fan  5 days 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  5 days back

                                            How do you accidentally drink a lava lamp?

                                            • Tudor_XD
                                              Tudor_XD  5 days back

                                              *bruh just drink a potion of fire resistance*

                                              • No one Here
                                                No one Here  6 days back

                                                A man made a joke on youtube,

                                                This is what happened to his monetization.

                                                • Hawkorvan
                                                  Hawkorvan  6 days back

                                                  Withdrawal is no joke

                                                  • Hawkorvan
                                                    Hawkorvan  6 days back

                                                    Ok this is p good

                                                    • Izzie
                                                      Izzie  6 days back

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

                                                      • Anushka Bakshi
                                                        Anushka Bakshi  6 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  6 days back

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

                                                          • Gtx 1080 Ti
                                                            Gtx 1080 Ti  6 days back

                                                            Should have taken the magic 8 ball liquid antidote

                                                            • AceTriggerz
                                                              AceTriggerz  6 days back

                                                              Why do people dislike these videos?

                                                              • Gr33n bArBaR
                                                                Gr33n bArBaR  7 days back

                                                                How do you accidentally drink a lava lamp?

                                                                • Zeglex
                                                                  Zeglex  7 days back

                                                                  and that's why kids
                                                                  don't drink

                                                                  because you drink lava lamps later

                                                                  • Voltron Fan person
                                                                    Voltron Fan person  7 days back

                                                                    Status epilepticus sounds like a harry Potter spell.

                                                                    • Voltron Fan person
                                                                      Voltron Fan person  7 days back

                                                                      T a s t y

                                                                      • Stephanie Joobern
                                                                        Stephanie Joobern  7 days back

                                                                        Aw this is actually very sad.:(

                                                                        • Brandon Brandt
                                                                          Brandon Brandt  7 days back

                                                                          why would he drink a DARN LAVA LAMP

                                                                          • TT ._
                                                                            TT ._  7 days back

                                                                            the comments

                                                                            • Hattie -
                                                                              Hattie -  7 days back

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

                                                                              • shodic the battle
                                                                                shodic the battle  7 days back

                                                                                How do you mistakenly drink a lava lamp

                                                                                • jingle bells
                                                                                  jingle bells  7 days back

                                                                                  Fuck just drink a beer godamn

                                                                                  • pff313
                                                                                    pff313  7 days back

                                                                                    Wouldn’t that shit be too hot to drink ?

                                                                                    • Fairies and Lillies
                                                                                      Fairies and Lillies  7 days back

                                                                                      Erm just drink te?

                                                                                      • Zack Arthur
                                                                                        Zack Arthur  7 days back

                                                                                        Root beer

                                                                                        • bacon pies
                                                                                          bacon pies  1 weeks back

                                                                                          Chubbyemu in a nutshell

                                                                                          Emia meaning presence in blood

                                                                                          • Infinity war
                                                                                            Infinity war  1 weeks back

                                                                                            My initials are AW🤣🤣🤣

                                                                                            • Young Maestro
                                                                                              Young Maestro  1 weeks 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 🤔