Autopsy and Case Reports
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Autopsy and Case Reports
Letter to the Editor

One year with autopsy and case reports: an immense educational experience

Ameer Hamza

Abstract

Last year in February I was looking for an appropriate and related journal to submit an autopsy case report when I came across the journal “Autopsy and case reports” (A&CR). Ever since, it has been a great educational experience. Today, there are limited PubMed indexed journals that are open access, A&CR is one of them. The journal publishes unique and original autopsy and clinical case reports. The cases range from rare entities to unusual presentation of common entities and concise yet comprehensive reviews of common entities.

The journal has a dedicated section, “image in focus” for gross images. Being a pathology resident this section always fascinates me and I came across some wonderful images of different diseases including endomyocardial fibrosis, 1 holoprosencephaly, 2 gelatinous transformation of bone marrow, 3 Eisenmenger syndrome, 4 fibrinous pericarditis, 5 periprostatic venous thrombosis, 6 cardiac myxoma 7 and punched out skull lesions of multiple myeloma. 8 This list goes on and on and the archives of the journal 9 has a great collection of images. These images come with a brief description of the diseases which is definitely a great resource for quick review of these entities.

Autopsy cases section of the journal focuses of detailed autopsy findings of rare and unusual causes of death. Thorough and intrigue discussion about a number of unusual causes of death including coronary amyloidosis, 10 disseminated aspergillosis, 11 gastrointestinal cytomegalovirus disease, 12 Morquio syndrome associated with gastric adenocarcinoma, 13 mycotic aneurysm with aortoduodenal fistula, 14 miliary tuberculosis in a renal transplant recipient, 15 disseminated toxoplasmosis diagnosed at autopsy 16 and thymic teratoma causing non-immune hydrops fetalis, 17 can be found in this section. Again, these are just a few examples from a long list of cases available in the archives. 9

Similarly, the clinical cases are also of great educational value. Only within the last volume of the journal, there were some clinical case reports of rare entities including, undifferentiated carcinoma of the pancreas with osteoclast-like giant cells, 18 concurrent BRAF V600E mutation driven hairy cell leukemia and melanoma, 19 spontaneous regression of a pulmonary adenocarcinoma, 20 phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor, 21 perianal Langerhans cell histiocytosis, 22 pulmonary placental transmogrification, 23 native-valve endocarditis caused by Achromobacter xylosoxidans, 24 centronuclear myopathy 25 and migrainous infarction. 26 Even if the cases are not rare entities, the intrigue discussions are always worth reading. Moreover, the image quality in all the sections of the journal is one of the finest.

Lastly, the editorial and letters to the editor are usually related to the issue of autopsies. A&CR not only provided me with the latest updates in the field of autopsy including “Diagnostic and Management Autopsy 27 ” and “virtual autopsy 28 ” but also offered me an opportunity to discuss the autopsies in relation to pathology residents. 29 , 30

I believe A&CR will keep providing us with the latest updates in the field of autopsy and quality discussion about rare diseases.

References

Gutierrez PS , Campos FPF . Endomyocardial fibrosis . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 3 ): 3 - 6 . 10.4322/acr.2017.024 . 29043203

Hamza A , Higgins MJ . Holoprosencephaly . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 4 ): 22 - 5 . 10.4322/acr.2017.033 . 29259929

Barbin FF , Oliveira CC . Gelatinous transformation of bone marrow . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 2 ): 5 - 8 . 10.4322/acr.2017.013 . 28740833

Campos FPF , Benvenuti LA . Eisenmenger syndrome . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 1 ): 5 - 7 . 10.4322/acr.2017.006 . 28536680

Souza PMM , Santos AM , Paulino EM , Hirtha CG , Dornelas CA . “Bread and butter” fibrinous pericarditis . Autops Case Rep . 2016 ; 6 ( 4 ): 5 - 7 . 10.4322/acr.2016.050 . 28210567

Paulino E Jr , Neves PLA , Rocha LOS . Periprostatic venous thrombosis . Autops Case Rep . 2016 ; 6 ( 3 ): 3 - 5 . 10.4322/acr.2016.040 . 27818952

Aiello VD , Campos FPF . Cardiac Myxoma . Autops Case Rep . 2016 ; 6 ( 2 ): 5 - 7 . 10.4322/acr.2016.030 . 27547737

Bitelman VM , Lopes JADO , Nogueira AB , Frassetto FP , Duarte-Neto AN . “Punched out” multiple myeloma lytic lesions in the skull . Autops Case Rep . 2016 ; 6 ( 1 ): 7 - 9 . 10.4322/acr.2016.020 . 27284535

Autopsy and Case Reports . Archive [ Internet ]. 2018 [ cited 2018 Feb 24 ]. Available from: http://www.autopsyandcasereports.org/archive

Ronny FMH , Kleinman G , Kurtin PJ , Fallon JT . A case of intramural coronary amyloidosis associated with hemodialysis . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 1 ): 13 - 5 . 10.4322/acr.2017.007 . 28536682

Singh G , Kalyan S , Kataria SP , et al . Disseminated invasive aspergillosis in a prolonged stay in the intensive care unit . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 1 ): 17 - 21 . 10.4322/acr.2017.010 . 28536683

Oliveira LB , Maruta CW , Miyamoto D , et al . Gastrointestinal cytomegalovirus disease in a patient with pemphigus vulgaris treated with corticosteroid and mycophenolate mofetil . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 1 ): 23 - 30 . 10.4322/acr.2017.008 . 28536684

Hamza A , Khawar S , Ibrahim A , Edens J , Lalonde C , Danforth RD . A second reported malignancy in a patient with Morquio syndrome . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 2 ): 9 - 14 . 10.4322/acr.2017.019 . 28740834

Vitturi BK , Frias A , Sementilli R , Racy MCJ , Caffaro RA , Pozzan G . Mycotic aneurysm with aortoduodenal fistula . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 2 ): 27 - 34 . 10.4322/acr.2017.015 . 28740836

Shergill K , Shelly D , G M , Kumar RR . Autopsy findings of miliary tuberculosis in a renal transplant recipient . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 3 ): 7 - 12 . 10.4322/acr.2017.026 . 29043204

Hamz A , Anderson IJ , Al-Khafaji B . Respiratory distress of unknown etiology in a transplant recipient: think toxoplasmosis! Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 4 ): 37 - 41 . 10.4322/acr.2017.038 . 29264328

Hamza A , Vouyoukas E , Anderson IJ , Higgins MJ . Thymic teratoma presenting as non-immune hydrops fetalis . Autops Case Rep . 2018 ; 8 ( 1 ): e2018004 . 10.4322/acr.2018.004 . 29515979

Sakhi R , Hamza A , Khurram MS , Ibrar W , Mazzara P . Undifferentiated carcinoma of the pancreas with osteoclast-like giant cells reported in an asymptomatic patient: a rare case and literature review . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 4 ): 51 - 7 . 10.4322/acr.2017.042 . 29259932

Ghorbani-Aghbolaghi A , Lechpammer M , Ali SF , Ku NK , Dwyre DM , Rashidi HH . An extremely rare case of concurrent BRAF V600E mutation driven hairy cell leukemia and melanoma: case report and review of literature . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 3 ): 13 - 9 . 10.4322/acr.2017.032 . 29043205

Marques C , Queiroga H , Marques M , Moura C . Spontaneous regression of a pulmonary adenocarcinoma after core needle biopsy . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 3 ): 20 - 5 . 10.4322/acr.2017.025 . 29043206

Ghorbani-Aghbolaghi A , Darrow MA , Wang T . Phosphaturic mesenchymal tumor (PMT): exceptionally rare disease, yet crucial not to miss . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 3 ): 32 - 7 . 10.4322/acr.2017.031 . 29043208

Abdou AG , MaherTaie D . Perianal Langerhans cell histiocytosis: a rare presentation in an adult male . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 3 ): 38 - 43 . 10.4322/acr.2017.028 . 29043209

Hamza A , Khawar S , Khurram MS , et al . Pulmonary placental transmogrification associated with adenocarcinoma of the lung: a case report with a comprehensive review of the literature . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 3 ): 44 - 9 . 10.4322/acr.2017.027 . 29043210

Rodrigues CG , Rays J , Kanegae MY . Native-valve endocarditis caused by Achromobacter xylosoxidans: a case report and review of literature . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 3 ): 50 - 5 . 10.4322/acr.2017.029 . 29043211

Aghbolaghi AG , Lechpammer M . A rare case of centronuclear myopathy with DNM2 mutation: genotype-phenotype correlation . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 2 ): 43 - 8 . 10.4322/acr.2017.020 . 28740838

Kreling GAD , Almeida NR No , Santos PJ No . Migrainous infarction: a rare and often overlooked diagnosis . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 2 ): 61 - 8 . 10.4322/acr.2017.018 . 28740841

Laposata M . Why have doctors stopped asking for autopsies? Will a different type of autopsy change this? Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 3 ): 1 - 2 . 10.4322/acr.2017.023 . 29043202

O’Sullivan S , Holzinger A , Zatloukal K , Saldiva P , Sajid MI , Wichmann D . Machine learning enhanced virtual autopsy . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 4 ): 3 - 7 . 10.4322/acr.2017.037 . 29259926

Hamza A . Declining rate of autopsies: implications for anatomic pathology residents . Autops Case Rep . 2017 ; 7 ( 4 ): 1 - 2 . 10.4322/acr.2017.036 . 29259925

Hamza A . Stance of pathology residents on declining number of autopsies . Autops Case Rep . 2018 ; 8 ( 1 ): e2018007 . 10.4322/acr.2018.007 . 29515982

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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