A career in...
A career in pathology
A worldwide shortage of pathologists threatens patient care, but what does a career in this discipline entail?
- By: Matthew Child, Limci Gupta
The abdominal aorta is opened and inspected for ruptures and signs of thrombosis. Sequentially the liver, kidneys, spleen, and heart are freed from the connective tissue and weighed. Incisions are made in each organ and the internal integrity inspected for signs of infarction, infection, or congenital abnormalities. Inspection of the heart shows no septal or valve defects; its vasculature is intact and embolus-free; and the myocardium shows no sign of infarction: a heart attack was not the cause of death. Then the heart is sliced longitudinally into four or five segments and the myocardial thickness measured to assess for left ventricular hypertrophy, a sign of underlying hypertension and a risk factor for sudden vascular events. At 15 mm it’s larger than average but not indicative of chronically raised blood pressure. The stomach is opened and inspection fails to find any pills; deliberate overdose requires exclusion in such cases. The lungs