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Giant fibrovascular polyps of the esophagus are rare, benign, "tumorlike" lesions that typically present as large pedunculated growths arising in the cervical esophagus. The predominant histologic component of these lesions is variable, often resulting in misdiagnosis. Clinically, these polyps present with nonspecific symptoms and are often undiagnosed or(More)
A study of heat-related deaths associated with the 1993 heat wave in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was conducted. Most of these deaths were in the susceptible elderly with preexisting natural diseases who lived alone without air conditioning in upstairs bedrooms with windows shut, thus creating an even hotter environment. These excessive deaths under such(More)
Two cases of basal-cell adenoma (basaloid monomorphic adenoma, dermal analogue tumor) seen in a one-year period were subjected to fine needle aspiration biopsy and subsequent histologic confirmation. Two cases of adenoid cystic carcinoma occurring in the parotid region were selected for comparison; a great similarity between the two types of tumors was(More)
Fetal infection with Candida organisms has not commonly been reported. Umbilical cords and placentas from 23 cases of chorioamnionitis collected over a nine-year period were examined by electron microscopy and immunoperoxidase staining. Gross features, especially of the umbilical cord, were distinctive and included the pale yellow plaques pathognomonic of(More)
We determined the incidence of detection of cocaine or its metabolites in Wayne County (Michigan) Medical Examiner's cases from 1984 to 1987. Over this four-year period there was a significant (P less than 0.01) increase each year in evidence of recent cocaine use in this population, reaching 38.3% of all tested cases in 1987. Much of this increase was(More)
Single gunshots can cause multiple entrance wounds, almost always after the bullets have first struck intermediate targets. The phenomenon is commonly seen with relatively high-velocity jacketed ammunition and consequent separation of jacket and core. We herein present two representative cases with a discussion of the mechanism of injury.
Battered/shaken baby syndrome is a clinical and pathologic diagnosis based on clinical examination, central nervous system dysfunction, and intracranial, optic nerve sheath, and retinal hemorrhages in infants under the age of three years. This report describes a case in which the battered/shaken baby syndrome was suspected because of an unusual parental(More)
Petechiae can be important corroborative evidence of asphyxia, but are also seen in persons who have died of other means. It is not uncommon to encounter them in cases in which cardiopulmonary resuscitation has reestablished blood flow and pressure in small vessels already damaged by hypoxia resulting in the formation of petechiae. This report documents(More)
From March 1988 through March 1990, at the Philadelphia Medical Examiner's Office toxicology laboratory, samples from 77 decomposed human bodies were tested for the presence of cocaine, employing gas chromatography/mass spectrometry (GC-MS). The material analyzed included decomposed soft tissue, bloody decomposition fluid, mummified tissue, maggots, and(More)
Deliberate fatal injection of insulin is apparently a rare event. Its investigation generally requires demonstration of an exogenous insulin injection site and high blood or tissue levels. Interpretation of such results in postmortem samples can be difficult, and the demonstration of an insulin injection site has previously usually involved a tedious(More)