Monthly Case – Uremic Pericarditis

Posted by on Jan 25, 2015 in Blog, Cases | 2 Comments
Monthly Case – Uremic Pericarditis

The case was of a middle aged man treated with intravenous antiobiotics for a skin and muscle abscess which developed after an operation. The patient died suddenly months after the abscess healed. The normal organ is seen on the right. Discussion: The patient developed kidney failure as a result of toxicity from intravenous antibiotics. The […]

Monthly case: Undiagnosed Pancreatic Cancer

Posted by on Dec 13, 2014 in Blog, Cancer, Cases | No Comments
Monthly case:  Undiagnosed Pancreatic Cancer

What is shown?   The top photo shows the pancreas split down the middle (horizontally).  To the left is the tumor.  Next to the tumor is a circle.  This is a tube cut across.  It is the common bile duct (the tube that drains bile from the liver).  The tube is abnormal.  It’s too big (dilated). […]

Monthly case – Congestive Hepatomegaly

Posted by on Oct 24, 2014 in Blog, Cases | No Comments
Monthly case – Congestive Hepatomegaly

Diagnosis: Congestive Hepatomegaly What is shown?  The photo shows a markedly enlarged liver (seen on the left).  The liver is about twice as big as normal.  Also shown is a normal liver (seen on the right and roughly the size of a football). You can see from the rulers that the scale is same in both pictures.  The […]

Monthly Case: Second lung cancer

Posted by on Sep 23, 2014 in Blog, Cancer, Cases | No Comments
Monthly Case:  Second lung cancer

What is shown?  The picture shows a large tumor (oval) of the left lung.  The tumor is about 3 inches wide, from top to bottom. The tumor is right next to the main airway (arrows). How did this patient die?  The lung cancer grew into the airway and blocked this patient’s breathing. What type of […]

Monthly case: Fungal abscess

Posted by on Aug 9, 2014 in Blog, Cases | No Comments
Monthly case:  Fungal abscess

What is shown?   The photograph shows the right and left lungs and the unopened sac around the heart (pericardium, dashed line) still inside the chest.  The arrows point to a region of pus in the right lung.  It’s a bit smaller than the size of a playing card and not quite half an inch deep.  This […]

Monthly Case: Blocked stent

Posted by on Jul 26, 2014 in Blog, Cases | No Comments
Monthly Case:  Blocked stent

What is shown? The upper left photo shows a metal mesh tubing. This is a stent. It’s about half an inch wide and a few inches long. This stent is inserted into a blood vessel to help keep the vessel open and the blood flowing (illustrated on the top right). The bottom photo shows the vessel […]

Monthly case: Heart Rupture

Posted by on Jun 25, 2014 in Blog, Cases | No Comments
Monthly case:  Heart Rupture

  What is shown?   The top photo shows the sac around the heart (pericardial sac) cut open and lifted to expose the sac filled with blood (star).  The right lung is seen on the right.  On the bottom left is the heart.  A clamp has been inserted into the site of rupture.  The tip of […]

Monthly Case: Greenfield filter with clot

Posted by on May 24, 2014 in Blog, Cases | No Comments
Monthly Case:  Greenfield filter with clot

What is shown? Shown (right photo) is a piece of metal wiring with blood clot trapped in it. The device is called a Greenfield filter. It’s about two inches long altogether. The left picture shows the device where it was found – in the inferior vena cava (dashed lines). The inferior vena has been opened […]

April Case: Liver metastases

Posted by on Apr 26, 2014 in Blog, Cancer, Cases | No Comments
April Case:  Liver metastases

Diagnosis: Liver Metastases What is shown? The picture shows two slices of the liver, each with a metastasis (arrows). These were the only metastases in the liver. Where did the metastases come from? They came from a lung cancer. How did this patient die? The patient died from the lung cancer (which blocked her breathing). […]

Airway Mucus Plugging – Sound Cloud

Posted by on Feb 18, 2014 in Cases | 2 Comments
Airway Mucus Plugging – Sound Cloud

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 […]

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