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Category : disease

glioblastoma / brain cancer

Pathology in the news!!!!! Our Vice President Joe Biden’s son died yesterday at age 46 from brain cancer. Officials have not disclosed the type of brain cancer that killed Vice President Biden’s son Beau Biden, but most likely it is a glioblastoma, a very aggressive tumor. This brain tumor has a baaaaad prognosis. Without therapy, patients with glioblastoma die within 3 months. Patients treated with optimal therapy, including surgical resection, radiation therapy, and chemotherapy, have a median survival of approximately […]

Brain or intracranial abscess

Sick photo following a surgical drainage of a brain abscess. An abscess is the collection of pus that has built up within the tissue of a body, for example inside the brain!!! Brain or intracranial abscess is caused by an infection, when a bacteria or fungi find their way to the brain. intracranial abscesses can originate from infection of contagious structures such as otitis media (ear infection), dental infection, sinusitis and mastoiditis that spreads directly into the brain, or via […]

Vitiligo / penyakit kulit belang

Vitiligo is an autoimmune disease that attacks the melanocytes in the skin. Melanocytes are the cells in the skin  that are responsible for producing pigment. They determine what “color” your skin is. When these cells are destroyed there is no pigment being produced. These changes are more visible in people with darker skin colors. The effected skin feels normal but has no color and is more sensitive to sunburning. Vitiligo tends to occur on the face, the hands, body openings […]

Diabetic foot ulcer

Diabetic foot ulcer😷 These ulcers happen when oxygenated blood is cut off to the foot and leg. These ulcers you are looking at are actually dead parts of the foot which are stinky and do not heal. The original wound can begin from a small cut which is why they advise diabetics not to get pedicures or cut their own toenails. These feet/legs need to be amputated to save the patient’s life. When we dissect these legs in pathology, we […]

Neurofibromatosis type 1

Yes! This disease is known as Neurofibromatosis type 1. This disease can be severely painful and disfiguring because these tumors grow on nerve tissue. Nerve tissue is not just present in the brain but is present in all areas inside and out of the body! These tumors are usually benign but in rare cases can be cancerous. These tumors can be very small and barely noticeable to large, numerous and severely disfiguring. This disease is genetic, caused by a mutation […]

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