Microbiology Case: A 36 Year Old Male with Headache and Worsening Mental Status
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by Lablogatory
17h ago
Case History A 36 year old male with no past medical history presented to an outside hospital with two weeks of worsening headache, fever, and altered mental status. The patient initially presented to his primary care physician with a headache, for which he received an antibiotic injection. Over the next several days, he developed a ..read more
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Waste Management Plus One
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by Lablogatory
4d ago
The latest Japanese Godzilla movie, Godzilla Minus One, is now available for home viewing or streaming, and as a life-long G-fan, I was excited to watch it again. The story begins in a ravaged Tokyo, right after the end of World War II, and everything is a mess. When Godzilla arrives, even more waste is ..read more
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Microbiology Case Study: A 70 Year Old With A Postoperative Wound Infection
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by Lablogatory
2w ago
Case History A 70 year old female with a medical history of treatment-related acute myeloid leukemia with absolute neutropenia due to chemotherapy presented to our emergency department with a two-day history of fever (Tmax 102°C) with progressively increasing erythema and tenderness reported in her right elbow around a healing surgical incision. Approximately one month prior ..read more
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Advances in Determining Time of Death: A Cautionary Note
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by Lablogatory
3w ago
“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana. Unfortunately, there are many mistakes to learn from if we examine the history of forensic science. Despite being a relatively new discipline, there have been several disastrous failures that were only realized following the advent of DNA analysis – bite mark ..read more
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It’s Not Always Clear
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by Lablogatory
1M ago
A 47 year old female presented to the ER with abdominal pain and obstructive jaundice. CT and MRI imaging confirmed a 9.7 cm complex pancreatic head and uncinate process mass that encases and obliterates the distal superior mesenteric vein, encases the superior mesenteric artery, abuts the aorta and IVC and extends into the aortocaval space ..read more
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Microbiology Case Study: A Friend or Foe with No Cell Wall
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by Lablogatory
1M ago
A 28 year old woman underwent an elective myomectomy for menorrhagia caused by fibroids. Postoperatively, she developed fevers. A CT scan of the abdomen and pelvis showed a complex pelvic fluid collection measuring 5.4 by 4.4 by 7.0 cm. Drainage was attempted by Interventional Radiology without success. She then underwent an exploratory laparotomy with drainage of ..read more
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The Eyes Have It: Clues from Vitreous Humor at Autopsy
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by Lablogatory
1M ago
When it comes to laboratory testing at autopsy, our options are limited compared to those for living patients. We’ve previously discussed the complexities of postmortem toxicology testing (https://labmedicineblog.com/2023/05/23/toxicology-and-forensic-pathology-more-than-a-numbers-game/) but even basic laboratory studies like a glucose or sodium level cannot be reliably measured from postmortem serum specimens. Upon death, hemolysis and cellular breakdown rapidly set ..read more
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The Impact of ASCPi Certification
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by Lablogatory
1M ago
The world of medicine relies heavily on the skilled and knowledgeable hands of medical laboratory scientists. However, with globalization and a growing healthcare workforce, ensuring internationally trained scientists can seamlessly integrate into new environments is more critical and challenging than ever. For laboratory scientists in developing countries, obtaining certification can be a life-changing event. Beyond ..read more
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Microbiology Case Study: A 53 Year Old Male with Malaise, Bilateral Flank Pain and Decreased Urine Output
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by Lablogatory
2M ago
Case History A 53 year old male presented to the emergency department with a one-day history of malaise, bilateral flank pain and decreased urine output. His past medical history was notable for decompensated cirrhosis due to alcohol use disorder complicated by esophageal varices and gastric ulcers, peritoneal ascites, several recent episodes of upper GI bleeding ..read more
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Happy Medical laboratory Professionals Week! A Trip Down Memory Lane
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by Lablogatory
2M ago
When I think of Lab Week, I think of all the Lab Week celebrations we’ve had in the past: Food, games, from “Guess whose baby picture?” to word searches and coworker trivia, and of course, more food. I’ve seen the same games over and over, but with new coworkers they’re always fun. Probably the most ..read more
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