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Summary Internal auditing of performance by pathology providers is a necessary component of total quality management. In this study a peer review of 10% of departmental surgical anatomical pathology accessions received over a seven month period was performed. A number of critical performance...
Summary Three hundred and seventy four aortic valves which had been surgically removed over the past five years were studied by routine histology. Most patients were male and over the age of 60 years. There were 3.7% bicuspid valves, 16% valves with evidence of past rheumatic fever and 2.1% with...
Summary Appropriate investigation of a patient with suspected von Willebrand's disease (VWD) involves a clinical assessment of the patient followed by laboratory testing. A variety of laboratory assays may be performed, not necessarily restricted to an assessment of von Willebrand factor (VWF)....
Summary Disseminated enteric human cytopathogenic orphan (echo) virus infection after allogeneic bone marrow transplantation has been reported once previously: a patient developed a fatal infection with the virus being isolated from brain, lung and heart. We report a second case of disseminated...
Summary Bacterial and viral infections may be associated with the onset of a number of autoimmune diseases and relapses of these conditions. We describe a patient in whom there was a close temporal relationship between a suppurative wound infection and the onset of microscopic polyarteritis. The...
Summary A case is reported of a 75-year-old woman, with a past clinical history of granuloma annulare, who developed groups of papulonodular skin lesions on the trunk and face six weeks after returning from a trip to the Mediterranean. The initial biopsy showed a granulomatous dermatitis which...
Summary To guide undergraduate medical, dental and health science students undertaking self-directed learning and preparing for examinations in general and systematic pathology, comprehensive graded check lists of selected learning topics have been prepared. Each topic is allocated a grade of 0...
Summary Because of the declining incidence of anaerobic bacteremia, the predictable sites of anaerobic infection and the increasing importance of aerobic isolates (eg; yeasts), the practice of routinely culturing half the volume of blood collected anaerobically has been questioned. We have...
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