Sleuth-It Diagnosis: Bicuspid aortic valve

Posted by on Apr 25, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education, Sleuth It | No Comments
Sleuth-It Diagnosis:  Bicuspid aortic valve

What counts in the heart? The number of parts to each valve counts. In this case, the number of parts (leaflets) of the aortic valve was important. You stopped counting after seeing two aortic valve leaflets. Normally there are three. Two aortic valves rather than three is an inherited condition called “bicuspid aortic valve.” It […]

Sleuth It — What Counts in the Heart?

Posted by on Mar 2, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education, Sleuth It | No Comments
Sleuth It — What Counts in the Heart?

You perform an autopsy on an elderly man who died suddenly at home. The gentleman was stoic, somewhat distant from his family and never sought medical care. There are four adult children who call you to perform an autopsy. They would like to know what happened. During the autopsy, you find that the sac around […]

Monthly Case – Ruptured AV fistula

Posted by on Feb 10, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education | No Comments
Monthly Case – Ruptured AV fistula

What is shown? The upper left photograph shows a dissection of an arm. The AV fistula is visible below the skin. The upper arrow shows how paper thin the skin is right next to the AV fistula. The lower arrow shows how paper thin the AV fistula itself is. The bottom left photographs shows the […]

Monthly Case: Coronary Artery Rupture

Posted by on Jan 9, 2016 in Blog, Cases, Education | No Comments
Monthly Case:  Coronary Artery Rupture

What is shown? The top image shows the heart sac opened in the chest. The sac is full of blood (cardiac tamponade). The bottom image shows the heart after the blood around it has been removed. The view is of the back of the heart. There is a T-shaped hemorrhage. The right coronary artery (RCA) […]

Sleuth It – The Case Without Findings

Posted by on Dec 23, 2015 in Blog, Cases, Education, Sleuth It | No Comments
Sleuth It – The Case Without Findings

Click here to skip to discussion. A 44 year old man dies suddenly after a night of “partying.” The coroner has made her evaluation but declined to perform an autopsy. The two sons request an independent autopsy, which you perform. The body is thin, but well nourished. There is no evidence of trauma and the […]

Monthly Case: Aortic Rupture

Posted by on Jun 18, 2015 in Blog, Cases | No Comments
Monthly Case:  Aortic Rupture

Background: The case is of an elderly man with sudden onset of left hip pain. He was diagnosed and treated for arthritis, but died two weeks later. The body is oriented diagonally in the photo. The head would be at the upper left and the feet at the lower right. The star shows the inside […]

Sounds of Death – Airway Mucus Plugging

Posted by on May 1, 2015 in Blog, Cases | No Comments
Sounds of Death – Airway Mucus Plugging

Diagnosis: Airway mucus plugging What is shown? The photograph shows the large airway opened from behind. Seen are: the voice box (left, black arrow), trachea (center); two mainstem bronchi (right, white arrows). The airway is completely filled with mucus. How did this happen? This patient was very weak (from cancer and from an infection), had […]

Sleuth It: Case of Tendon Repair (Part 1)

Posted by on Apr 11, 2015 in Blog, Cases, Sleuth It | No Comments
Sleuth It:  Case of Tendon Repair  (Part 1)

A family calls to request an autopsy. They complain that a recent surgery “killed their mother.” The patient had a history of heart disease, high blood pressure and diabetes and lived alone. The surgery was a tendon repair of the wrist and took place three days before the patient died. The surgery reportedly went fine […]

Monthly Case: Hypertensive Heart Disease

Posted by on Apr 5, 2015 in Blog, Cases | No Comments
Monthly Case:  Hypertensive Heart Disease

Listen to case discussion: View accompanying image: This month’s case features an audio discussion recorded live at our event Science to Humanity: The Autopsy. April 1, 2015. To learn more or attend the event, click here.

Monthly Case: Early Graft Closure

Posted by on Feb 14, 2015 in Blog, Cases | No Comments
Monthly Case:  Early Graft Closure

The case was of a middle aged man who died suddenly two weeks after a surgery. One of the photographs shows the cause of death. The other photograph from the same patient shows a similar process, but was not the cause of death. Case discussion: The photographs show grafts to the heart. These were¬†grafts from […]

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