Doctors detail Navalny poison treatment in medical journal

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In this image from a video posted on December 21, 2020 by Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny on his Instagram account, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny recounts how he spoke to Konstantin Kudryavtsev, a specialist trained in chemical weapons. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday released a recording of a phone call he said he made to an alleged state security agent that revealed details of how the politician had been poisoned. (Navalny Instagram account via AP) 1 of 2 In this image from a video posted on December 21, 2020 by Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny on his Instagram account, Russian opposition activist Alexei Navalny recounts how he spoke with Konstantin Kudryavtsev, a chemical weapons specialist. Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny on Monday released a recording of a phone call he said he made to an alleged state security agent that revealed details of how the politician had been poisoned. (Navalny Instagram account via AP)

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.

Berlin Charity Hospital said Wednesday Navalny had given permission for the article to be published in The Lancet newspaper.

Navalny fell suddenly ill on a domestic flight to Russia on August 20. After an emergency landing and treatment at a Siberian hospital in Omsk, after two days of political wrangling, Navalny was transported to Berlin in a private air ambulance on August 22.

The European Union has imposed sanctions on six Russian officials and a state research institute after tests by the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons established that Navalny had been exposed to the nerve agent of the Soviet era Novichok. The Kremlin, which denies any involvement in the poisoning, has retaliated with its own sanctions against EU officials.

In their journal article, Doctors at Charite detailed the exact course of Navalny’s disease and treatment with a variety of medications to treat its symptoms and the underlying medical condition.

As Navalny’s condition improved, he was brought out of a medically induced coma and doctors determined that the difficulty understanding speech and speech he initially exhibited after his alarm clock were gone after three weeks.

“On the last follow-up visit on Day 55, we found almost complete recovery of neurological, neuropsychological and neurophysiological findings with no evidence of polyneuropathy,” they wrote.

This is the first clinical case study detailing Novichok poisoning, although symptoms and treatment are similar to those from exposure to organophosphate pesticides, which kill more than 100,000 people in Asia each year.

Navalny’s doctors note that their patient “had a very favorable outcome” and attribute this to the prompt treatment he received in Russia.

Last week, a joint investigation by the Bellingcat research group and several media outlets alleged that agents from the Russian internal security agency FSB had followed Navalny on his travels since 2017.

Navalny, currently recovering in Germany, this week posted a video of a phone call to one of the suspected agents, who said the poison was applied to Navalny’s underwear. The FSB called the appeal bogus.

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