Doctors detail Navalny poison treatment in medical journal
BERLIN (AP) - German doctors treating Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny after he was poisoned with a nerve agent detailed the case in an article for a major medical journal.
The Berlin Charite Hospital announced on Wednesday that Navalny had given permission to publish the article in The Lancet Journal.
Navalny suddenly fell ill on August 20 on a domestic flight in Russia. After an emergency landing and treatment in a Siberian hospital in Omsk, Navalny was flown to Berlin in a private ambulance on August 22 after two days of political conflict.
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The European Union imposed sanctions on six Russian officials and a state research institute after tests by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons revealed Navalny had been exposed to Soviet-era nerve agent Novichok. The Kremlin, which denies involvement in the poisoning, has hit back with its own sanctions against EU officials.
In their magazine article, Charite's doctors detailed the history of Navalny's disease and treatment with a variety of medications to manage his symptoms and the underlying medical condition.
As Navalny's condition improved, he was brought out of a medically-induced coma, and doctors found that the difficulty understanding language and speaking that he initially exhibited when he woke up had disappeared after three weeks.
"At the final follow-up on day 55, we found almost complete recovery of the neurological, neuropsychological and neurophysiological findings with no evidence of polyneuropathy," they wrote.
It is the first clinical case study to describe novichok poisoning, although symptoms and treatment are similar to those for exposure to organophosphorus pesticides, which kills over 100,000 people in Asia each year.
Navalny's doctors state that their patient “got a very favorable result” and attribute this to the rapid treatment he received in Russia.
In a joint investigation by the Bellingcat research group and several media outlets last week, it was alleged that employees of the Russian FSB Agency for Internal Security had followed Navalny on his travels since 2017.
Navalny, who is currently recovering in Germany, posted a video of a phone call this week to one of the alleged employees who said the poison had been applied to Navalny's underwear. The FSB branded the call as a fake.
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