This type of kiss is quite common among couples, however, it can be deadly, and this is not the first fatality. Experts say.
As reported by KUTV, a television network in the United States, a kiss (or pacifier as it is known in some countries) would have caused the death of a 17-year-old boy.
The article in question reports that the doctors who treated the boy reportedly said that the young man began to have seizures while he was at the family table having dinner.
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According to The Independent, Julio Macias Gonzalez, originally from Mexico City, had been with his 24-year-old girlfriend that afternoon. Doctors believe that the suction used in this type of kissing resulted in the formation of a blood clot; the same one that hours later would have caused a cerebral infarction and the death of the young man.
In 2010, another similar case was reported in New Zealand. In this case, the victim was a 44-year-old woman who entered the hospital without being able to move her arm. As doctors were trying to determine if the woman was having a stroke, they noticed the bruise on the woman’s neck, located just above the artery where the blood clot had been located.
As published in The Telegraph, Dr. Teddy Whu, who would have been in charge of providing care to this woman, said in an interview that the clot formed in the artery was released traveling to the heart of the woman, who was admitted to the hospital with an ischemic heart attack.
What the experts say
In both cases mentioned above, the specialists who treated both patients, agree that the presence of the kiss that left the area with a bruise, would also have indicated the formation of a blood clot that when detached would have caused the death of the boy and the heart attack in the 44-year-old woman.
However some professionals find themselves to have somewhat different opinions. Teresa Roncon, the spokeswoman for the ACV foundation in Canada, told Global News in an interview that “we cannot comment on this case as we do not have the medical history. Generally speaking, (this type of kisses) are simple superficial bruises and there is no scientific evidence that informs us that this situation is related to a cerebral infarction ».
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Although there is not much information regarding the danger or not of these kisses, in some question and answer pages where people can consult with doctors and they respond, some professionals like Dr. Dustin Colegrove, answer a woman about her doubt as to whether her husband had left a blood clot in her chest with one of these kisses, and the doctor replies that possibly.
The fact that there is no scientific consensus on the subject does not erase the two facts and the opinions of the professionals who directly attended to the previously mentioned patients.
As a precautionary measure, it is best to avoid anything that causes physical pain or leaves marks on the skin.