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Making sense out of the RDW by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Q. About the red cell distribution width (RDW), I don’t understand it! The formula is: RDW= (MCV standard deviation/ MCV) x 100. So now if the standard deviation is ... Read on »
Can you solve this case? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Here’s a case involving a brain biopsy. Take a look at the photo and the question, then scroll down for the answer.  A 44-year-old male presents with a several-week h ... Read on »
Lymphocyte-rich vs. lymphocyte predominance Hodgkin lymphoma by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine   Q. I’m working on getting all of these lymphomas straight in my head. I was wondering if you could elaborate on the differences between nodular lymphocyte ... Read on »
Boards help! Advice from real students by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine For the third and final part of our series on how to study for boards (see part 1 and part 2 ) we’ll take a look at advice from students who recently took the board ... Read on »
Boards help! A strategy for answering boards questions by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Here is the second in our series of three posts on boards (check out the last one , which covered how to choose resources and set up a study plan). In this post, we ... Read on »
Boards help! Books, resources, and making a plan by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I know a lot of you are studying for boards (USMLE, NBDE or other horrid acronyms), or worrying about studying.  I posted this strategy for studying for boards a co ... Read on »
Normal PTT but abnormal bleeding time: does this make sense? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Here’s a great question from a reader: Is it normal to have a prolonged bleeding time but a normal PTT? This is a very good question because it makes you r ... Read on »
How does the Schilling test work? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Q. I don’t think I have a good understanding of the Schilling test. If a patient has B12 in their urine does that mean they are absorbing it? If it isn’t in the ur ... Read on »
Can you solve this case? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine How good are you at the histologic appearance of bugs? Take a look at the photo and the question, then scroll down for the answer.  A 52-year-old male with HIV presen ... Read on »
Can you solve this case? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Here’s a case with a classic, almost unmistakeable histologic appearance. I love that. Take a look at the photo and the question, then scroll down for the answer.  A ... Read on »
Flower Power by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Happy St. Patrick’s Day, everyone! In celebration of the lovely cloverleaf, we have a guest post from our esteemed medical student and frequent contributor, Richard H ... Read on »
Huntington disease by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Huntington disease is a neurodegenerative disease that belongs to a category of genetic diseases known as trinucleotide repeat diseases. It’s a devastating disease ... Read on »
How can an embolism cause a hemorrhagic infarct? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Q. I am confused as to how an embolism can cause a haemorrhagic infarct. To me, emboli are little chunks of clot that float around and get stuck in vessels. Should ... Read on »
Dying of a broken heart by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Valentine’s day can be a happy, candy-and-flowers day – but it can also be a day of loneliness and melancholy. Today’s post, written by our medical student correspo ... Read on »
Why do the INR and PTT measure different pathways? by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Coagulation questions seem to come up all the time! Here’s a good one from one of our readers. Q. In both the PT and PTT we add thromboplastin, right? So how come the P ... Read on »
Intrinsic vs. extrinsic pathways by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine One of the most confusing things about coagulation (until someone explains it to you) is the idea of the intrinsic and extrinsic arms of the coagulation cascade, an ... Read on »
Neuropathology Mini-Course is here (finally!) by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine I’m happy to say that I’m finally done putting together our first Pathology Student Mini-Course . Wow, it took a lot longer than I thought it would! But it turned ... Read on »
The 10 best posts of 2013 by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine Happy New Year everybody! I hope everyone enjoyed the Holiday season. Now back to work! I like to put together a list of the most-viewed posts of the year at t ... Read on »
Anti-TSH receptor antibodies by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine We just had our final exam in our pathology course, and someone had a good question on the following exam question: Which of the following is an autoimmune dise ... Read on »
Christmas disease: an unwelcome gift by pathologystudent Posted in: Blog Posts in General Medicine In honor of tomorrow’s holiday, we have a special guest post from our medical student in the trenches, Richard Huang. Thanks, Richard! Many of you may already ... Read on »