Pedro Irazoqui had just enjoyed a huge lobster dinner. Then he woke up that night finding he couldn’t breathe. Terrified, Irazoqui sat up and tried to relax. Air suddenly returned to his lungs like nothing had happened. After grabbing his phone and Googling like crazy, Irazoqui, a professor at Purdue University, discovered that what he had experienced was acid reaching his larynx, causing it to contract and cut off air flow. Sitting up pushes the acid back down to the stomach with the help of gravity.
A few years later, this episode inspired a possible explanation of why one in 1,000 adults with epilepsy dies suddenly during a seizure each year: acid reflux.
The study, led by Irazoqui’s team at Purdue, found acid in the esophagus of animal models 100 percent of the time that they experienced sudden death during a seizure… Continue reading.
WASHINGTON, D.C.— The American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering (AIMBE) has announced the pending induction of Pedro P. Irazoqui, Ph.D., Professor, Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University, to its College of Fellows. Dr. Irazoqui was nominated, reviewed, and elected by peers and members of the College of Fellows For outstanding contributions to implantable electronic devices.