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September 1990, Volume 40, Issue 9

Tit Bits In Medicine


Azhar Mubarik  ( Armed Forces Institute of Pathology, Rawalpindi. )

In olden days, pathologists and clinicians were fond of correlating various pathological conditions with edibles, which! could be due to their good eating habits or vivid gourmet imagination. Following few culinary descriptions are selected, but please do not read this article before taking your lunch or supper, for obvious reasons.
1. Almond smell in cyanide poisoning.
2. Anchovy sauce pus in amoebic liver abscess.
3. Apple jelly nodules in lupus vulgaris.
4. Berry aneurysm in cerebral vessels.
5. Bread and butter appearance in fibrinous pericarditis.
6. Cafe au lait spots in neurofibromatosis.
7. Cauliflower ears in boxers.
8. Caviar lesion of tongue (undersurface) in old age.
9. Chicken fat appearance of postmortem clots.
10. Chinese restaurant syndrome-headache and tightness of chest after chilli intake.
11. Chocolate cyst of ovary in endometriosis.
12. Coffee bean appearance of cells in granulosa cell tumour of ovary.
13. Coffee ground vomitus in haemetemesis.
14. Curd spots in oral candidiasis.
15. Fish flesh appearance of soft tissue sarcomas.
16. Fish scale skin in icthyosis.
17. Fried egg appearance of oligodendroglioma cells.
18. Grape like appearance of hydatidiform mole.
19. Honey comb appearance in advance pulmonary tuberculosis.
20. Lemon on matchstick appearance of cushing syndrome.
21. Maple syrup urine in aminoaciduria.
22. Melon seed or rice bodies in tuberĂ´ulous synovitis.
23. Millet seed appearance of millary tuberculosis.
24. Mulberry appearance of oxalate urinary stones.
25. Nutmeg liver in chronic venous congestion.
26. Onion skin appearance of hyperplastic vasculitis in malignant hypertension.
27. Peau d’orange appearance in carcinoma of breast.
28. Popcorn cells in lymphocytic histiocytic Hodgkin disease.
29. Porridge-like stools in steatorrhea.
30. Portwine stain in capillary haemangioma.
31. Potato nose or Rhinophyma.
32. Raspberry tumour (umblical adenoma) in persistent vitello- intestinal duct.
33. Red currant jelly stools in intussusception.
34. Rice water stool in cholera.
35. Sago spleen in amyloidosis.
36. Salmon patch in haemangioma
37. Strawberry gall bladder in cholesterolosis.
38. Strawberry nevus in capillary haemangioma.
39. Strawberry tongue in scarlet fever.
40. Swiss cheese appearance in cystic endometrial hyperplasia.
41. Walnut size cyst.

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