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 […]

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 […]

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 […]