Monday, July 31, 2017

Gross specimen description

Description of gross specimens is a compulsory exercise in almost all exams.

So, what should you describe about a specimen?

Is it an entire tissue/ organ and which one? And then describe the organ from the capsule to the parenchyma if it is a solid organ or from inside out - mucosa to the serosa if it is an intestine and from the intima to the externa if it is a vessel!

And don't forget the code "C2S2".....
Describe the consistency, the colour and the shape and the size...

So, for eg- description of a fatty liver would be
" A slice of a liver, enlarged in size with rounded borders, capsule not thickened, parenchyma yellowish and greasy, soft in consistency- probably fatty liver"

Is it a bit simple now?

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