Prominent Neurosurgeon Discusses Effect to Human Body by Nerve Agents After Kim Jong-nam Assassination

The February 13, 2017, assassination of Kim Jong-nam, the half brother of North Korea’s leader Kim Jong-un, heightened awareness and concern over nerve agents and the deadly use of chemical weapons. Many questions exist about the effect that nerve agents can have on the human nervous system and how even small doses can be lethal.

Jay Jagannathan, M.D., of Michigan-based Jagannathan Neurosurgical Institute, and one of the United States’ most prominent neurosurgeons, is available to news media to provide his medical expertise and analysis. News journalists interested in interviewing Dr. Jagannathan should contact Jeff Caponigro at (248) 353-3270 or email jcap(at)

Law-enforcement officials report that Kim Jong-nam was killed at the Kuala Lumpur International Airport in Malaysia by two women who covered his face with the VX nerve agent. One drop of VX, or about 10 milligrams, can be lethal.

“In general terms, such a nerve agent prevents the proper functioning of glands and muscles that are necessary for normal breathing,” said Dr. Jagannathan. “Even  a tiny dose of a neurotoxin such as VX can paralyze muscles and cause respiratory arrest.”

Dr. Jagannathan is a Diplomate of the American Board of Neurological Surgery, the American Academy of Neurological and Orthopedic Surgery and the American Board…

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