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New Zealander partially paralyzed by love bite
種草莓 紐西蘭女子中風

A French supporter, left, kisses a German supporter before the 22nd men’s Handball World Championships match between Germany and France at the Arena Kristianstad sports hall in Kristianstad, Sweden on Jan. 19.

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A New Zealand woman was temporarily partially paralyzed by a “love bite” on her neck from her amorous partner, doctors reported in the New Zealand Medical Journal.

The 44-year-old woman went to the emergency department of Middlemore Hospital in Auckland last year after experiencing loss of movement in her left arm while watching television, the journal reported.

Doctors concluded the woman had suffered a mild stroke but were puzzled about its cause until they found a small vertical bruise on her neck near a major artery — a love bite, or “hickey,” that she received a few days earlier.

“Because it was a love bite there would be a lot of suction,” one of the doctors who treated her, Teddy Wu, told the Christchurch Press.

“Because of the physical trauma, it had made a bit of bruising inside the vessel. There was a clot in the artery underneath where the hickey was.”

Wu said the clot dislodged and traveled to the woman’s heart, where it caused a minor stroke that led to the loss of movement.

“We looked around the medical literature, and that example of having a love bite causing something like that hasn’t been described before,” he said.

The medic said the woman recovered after being treated with an anti-coagulant.(AFP)



醫師診斷這位女子有輕微中風,不過一直無法解釋致病原因,直到醫師發現在她脖子主動脈處上發現一小塊看診前幾天造成的縱向瘀血 — 也就是所謂的「草莓」,或稱吻痕。








1. conclude v.

推斷 (tui1 duan4)

例: Based on the evidence, detectives concluded that the window had been broken with a brick.


2. puzzled adj.

不解的 (bu4 jie3 de5)

例: Visitors to Taiwan are often puzzled by the inconsistent spelling of place names.


3. dislodge v.

移動 (yi2 dong4)

例: Boulders dislodged by an earthquake blocked the highway.


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