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April 15, 2017. Dr. Margolis reflects on our experience live streaming autopsy casework. The cases are real. How does the public respond to the truth? Read post.

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You’re kicking your feet up on the couch watching your favorite streamed show. You’re ready to relax after a long day, but the woman’s voice keeps wandering into your thoughts.

"The surgeon said he took out my daughter’s appendix," she had explained. "Then he said my daughter could still get appendicitis. He must have been lying. And now my daughter’s dead." She was distraught and furious, calling you to request an autopsy.

Her daughter had been 25. It’s was a sad case.

The nearby electronic glow draws your attention back to the struggles of surrogates, but you decide to pass on the escape and focus.

The daughter had gone into the emergency room with a bad stomach ache. It turned out she had appendicitis and that the appendix had ruptured. It was a peritonitis (inflammation of the abdominal lining). This bought her an operation and a week in the hospital.

Recovering at home, the daughter had had some leg pain but didn’t go back in right away. She was not a complainer, the had mother had explained. When she finally went in, she was short of breath. They diagnosed a deep venous thrombosis (clot in the legs); and the shortness of breath was from the clot travelling up to the lungs (pulmonary embolism). The hospital put in a filter and began the blood thinner Coumadin.

It was the Coumadin that killed her. She had bled into her head.

It was a sad case.

What did the mother mean — they took out the appendix but she could still get appendicitis? Why did the surgeon say that? Or did he? Did the mother mishear or misunderstand him? You know communication isn’t perfect in the hospital….

It was a good episode, but your evening is a bit unsettled. You wonder what you’ll find tomorrow.

The next morning you scrub in to the case.

You see the patch over the skull where they removed bone to relieve the pressure off the brain from the bleeding. There’s not much else on the outside except for a healing appendectomy scar. You see they didn’t do the case laparoscopically. The scar’s about 10 cm long.

After the Y-shaped incision, you expose the abdomen and take a look around — your standard survey.

The intestines and lining of the abdomen are red, raw and rough. It was peritonitis alright, although there’s no frank pus now. It’s been a couple weeks at least since the rupture, so there’s been some healing.

It’s time to look for the appendix and you reach into the right lower abdomen, feeling as you go.

You find the cecum, lift it up and look for where the appendix would have been.

In a minute, you realize the surgeon was telling the truth.
She could have gotten appendicitis again, but they did take out the appendix.

What did you see in that minute?

A. There were staples marking an appendectomy site; and a second, healthy appendix nearby.
B. There was a 2 inch stretch of staples where the appendix had been removed. You removed the staples to find a 1 inch opening attached to a pouch off the cecum
C. The separated, ruptured appendix. The surgeon had accidentally dropped it back into the abdominal cavity before closing up instead of taking it out.
D. Diverticulosis.
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Matt MichalowskiB. Stump appendicitis

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Jennifer FielderB?? These cases always stump me.

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Leah AllenB?. But when do u tell us the anseer

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Jennifer LeslieB… stump appendicitis. I’ve had it!!!

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Satin Seantel WilliamsBe easier if I knew what these words mean lol

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Jessica Leigh NormanI’m not sure but I loved the story and would like to know.

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Autopsy Center of ChicagoB. A wide opening suggests the appendix had unusual anatomy. Usually the appendix is uniform caliber (thickness of a pencil) right up to the cecum. Tapering from a wide base, it would be hard to know where the appendix started and the cecum ended – unavoidable to leave a stump.

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