Case 19 Part 1



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What's inside?


 

External exam
Embalming
Trochar incision
Obesity



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1. Summarize the history and create a differential diagnosis for the cause of death.
 
 
2. When is a family history of cancer more likely “sporadic” and when is it concerning for inherited or familial cancer?
 
 
3. What are some examples of inherited or familial cancers?
 
 
4. Is the body embalmed or fresh?
 
 
5. What is a trochar?
 
 
6. The physician points out a bruise on the abdomen and says it’s probably pre-mortemuscle How does he know?
 
 
7. Based on the physical exam, where did the patient die?
 
 
8. Based on the physical exam, for what medical conditions is this patient at greater risk?
 
 
9. There is an “interrupted” line of pigment on the right lower leg. What could cause something like this pre-mortem? What could cause something like this post-mortem?
 
 
10. Why do a breast exam on a deceased patient?
 
 
11. Based on the physical exam, do you think this was a trauma patient?
 
 
12. They physician mentions arthroscopic knee surgery. Do you think this was recent or remote? Why?
 
 
13. How does embalming affect an autopsy assessment?




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