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Aortoduodenal Fistula Forms From Primary Aortic Stump Graft In A Two-Time Multi-Visceral Transplant Patient With Presentation Of Gastrointestinal Bleed And Bowel Perforation: A Case Report, Brielle Corrente 2019 Duquesne University

Aortoduodenal Fistula Forms From Primary Aortic Stump Graft In A Two-Time Multi-Visceral Transplant Patient With Presentation Of Gastrointestinal Bleed And Bowel Perforation: A Case Report, Brielle Corrente

Graduate Student Research Symposium

Usually not diagnosed until open laparotomy, aortoduodenalfistulas (ADF) are one of the rarest complications of intestinal transplant surgery. With an incidence rate of only 0.04% at autopsy and only 250 documented cases since the early 1800’s, aortoduodenal fistulas are the most deadly complications of intestinal transplantation with a mortality rate of 100% without surgical intervention. A 39 year old, two-time multi-visceral transplant African American female patient suffered from a primary aortoduodenal fistula formation in a primary modified multi-visceral transplant aortic stump graft site. With emergency open laparotomy repair, revascularization of the secondary multi-visceral transplant was performed, saving the ...


Patient Perceptions Of Planned Organ Removal During Hysterectomy, Zeinab Kassem, Chad M. Coleman, Andrew S. Bossick, Wan-Ting Su, Roopina Sangha, Ganesa Wegienka 2019 Henry Ford Health System

Patient Perceptions Of Planned Organ Removal During Hysterectomy, Zeinab Kassem, Chad M. Coleman, Andrew S. Bossick, Wan-Ting Su, Roopina Sangha, Ganesa Wegienka

Journal of Patient-Centered Research and Reviews

Purpose: Previous reports indicate many women may not have a firm grasp on likely outcomes of different hysterectomy procedures. This study aimed to assess women’s self-reported expectations of how they think their anatomy will change after hysterectomy.

Methods: Women scheduled for hysterectomy at a tertiary care hospital, for non-oncological reasons, reported their planned procedure type and the organs they understood would be removed 2 weeks prior to surgery. Patient reports and electronic medical records were reviewed, and kappa statistics (κ) were calculated to assess agreement for all women and within subgroups.

Results: Most of the 456 study participants (mean ...


The Migration And Developmental Remodeling Of Intrinsic Interneurons In Visual Thalamus And The Role Of Retinal Signaling., Naomi E. Charalambakis 2018 University of Louisville

The Migration And Developmental Remodeling Of Intrinsic Interneurons In Visual Thalamus And The Role Of Retinal Signaling., Naomi E. Charalambakis

Electronic Theses and Dissertations

The dorsal lateral geniculate nucleus (dLGN) of the mouse is a model system to study the development of thalamic circuitry. While most studies focus on relay neurons of dLGN, little is known about the factors regulating the development of the other principal cell type, intrinsic interneurons. To date, the targeting and migratory path of dLGN interneurons as well as their morphological development remains unclear. Here we examined whether the migration, structure, and function of interneurons relies on retinal signaling. We took a loss-of-function approach and crossed GAD67-GFP mice, which express green fluorescent protein (GFP) in dLGN interneurons, with math5 nulls ...


Microgravity Exerts An Age-Dependent Effect On Cardiovascular Progenitor Cell Development, Jonathan Baio 2018 Loma Linda University

Microgravity Exerts An Age-Dependent Effect On Cardiovascular Progenitor Cell Development, Jonathan Baio

Loma Linda University Electronic Theses, Dissertations & Projects

The heart and its cellular components are profoundly altered by missions to space and injury on Earth. Increasing evidence has identified that one such alteration induced by spaceflight is the promotion of the efficacious use of stem cells in therapies on Earth. For this reason, neonatal and adult human cardiovascular progenitor cells (CPCs) were cultured aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Subsequently, we assessed the effects of mechanical unloading on developmental properties and signaling. Spaceflight induced the expression of genes that are typically associated with an earlier state of cardiovascular development. In particular, in neonatal CPCs, we measured increased expression ...


The Effect Of Dust Mite Extract On Esophageal Tight Junctions In Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Kyle Hinz 2018 University of Nebraska Medical Center

The Effect Of Dust Mite Extract On Esophageal Tight Junctions In Eosinophilic Esophagitis, Kyle Hinz

Theses & Dissertations

Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EE) is a chronic inflammatory disease that effects individuals of all ages. EE is mediated by an allergen response, causing the release of thymic stromal lymphopoietin (TSLP), and subsequent inflammation and eosinophil migration and infiltration of the esophagus through the activation of the JAK/STAT pathway and CD4+ T-cells. EE has typically been associated with food allergies, but studies have shown that aeroallergens can cause EE as well. Current treatments of EE have primarily focused on nonspecific methods, though anti-TSLP is beginning to be tested as a possible treatment for EE. The aim of this study was to ...


The Comparison Of Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (Sd-Oct) To Histopathology In A Patient With Diffuse Macular Drusen, Harold Salmons, Ralph Eagle, MD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

The Comparison Of Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (Sd-Oct) To Histopathology In A Patient With Diffuse Macular Drusen, Harold Salmons, Ralph Eagle, Md

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Background: Spectral Domain Optical Coherence Tomography (SD-OCT) has become a gold standard technique in ophthalmologic practice, and has revolutionized the diagnosis and treatment of retinal disease. As SD-OCT uses low interference interferometry and mathematical algorithms to produce detailed theoretical cross-sectional images of the retina, it is crucial to examine correlations between SD-OCT images and their corresponding histopathologic slides.

Methods: In the present study, careful correlative light microscopy was performed on the eye that was enucleated from an elderly patient who had a uveal melanoma and early agerelated macular degeneration evident clinically as soft drusen. SD-OCT was performed prior to enucleation ...


A New Frontier In Breast Cancer Management: Oncotype Dx, Gabriella Rollo, Jeremy Molligan, MD, Juan P. Palazzo, MD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

A New Frontier In Breast Cancer Management: Oncotype Dx, Gabriella Rollo, Jeremy Molligan, Md, Juan P. Palazzo, Md

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Diagnosing and prognosticating breast cancer has traditionally relied upon histomorphologic analysis and immunohistochemistry. With the recent advent of multigene molecular assays, traditional methods are being augmented with molecular biomarkers. Implementation of the Oncotype DX assay has led to a change in treatment of patients with early stage, estrogen positive cancer. Oncotype DX uses the expression of 21 genes at the mRNA level to determine a 10 year recurrence risk in node negative and 5 year recurrence risk in node positive cancer. 16 malignancy markers related to estrogen, HER2, cell proliferation, and invasion potential are compared with 5 reference genes and ...


The Use Of Liquid Biopsy In The Fight Against Cancer, Chamaka Kalutota, Emanual Rubin, MD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

The Use Of Liquid Biopsy In The Fight Against Cancer, Chamaka Kalutota, Emanual Rubin, Md

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

In recent years, liquid biopsy has emerged as a potential alternative/adjunct to standard tissue biopsy in the diagnosis of malignancies. Current use of this technique, which tracks distinctive molecules released from neoplastic cells including circulating tumor cells (CTCs), exosomes, circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA), cell-free DNA (cfDNA) and miRNA, has generally been limited to determining therapies in lung cancer based on detectable mutations (EFGR, EML4-ALK). However, recent studies have demonstrated the possibility for using these molecules as more efficient prognostic and diagnostic biomarkers in breast, colon, rectum, lung, liver, and pancreatic cancer. Due to the need for standardization in sampled ...


Clinico-Pathological Features And Pd-1/Pd-L1 Expression In Primary Mediastinal Large B Cell Lymphoma, Lydia Glick, Geetha Jagannathan, MD, Guldeep Uppal, MD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

Clinico-Pathological Features And Pd-1/Pd-L1 Expression In Primary Mediastinal Large B Cell Lymphoma, Lydia Glick, Geetha Jagannathan, Md, Guldeep Uppal, Md

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Primary Mediastinal Large B Cell Lymphoma (PMBCL) is a distinct subtype of Diffuse Large B Cell Lymphoma (DLBCL) that has been historically reported to have a worse prognosis than DLBCL. Occasional studies have reported PD-L1 expression in PMBCL, which can emerge as an important target for immune-check point therapy. This study aimed to evaluate clinico-pathological features and characterize the expression of PD-1 and PD-L1 in a single cohort of 15 patients with PMBCL.

A total of 15 cases of PMBCL were retrieved from records of the department of Pathology; eleven of these had tissue available for additional immunohistochemistry, specifically, PD-L1 ...


Atypical Presentation Of Upshaw Schulman Syndrome: A Case Report, Goutham Ravipati, BS, David Strayer, MD, PhD, Douglas Drelich, MD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

Atypical Presentation Of Upshaw Schulman Syndrome: A Case Report, Goutham Ravipati, Bs, David Strayer, Md, Phd, Douglas Drelich, Md

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) is a rare coagulation disorder with a typical clinical presentation of low platelets and excessive clotting. Mortality for this disorder may be high if untreated and therefore necessitates a high clinical suspicion. Here we describe a 46-year-old African American woman with a past medical history of multiple cerebrovascular accidents presenting to hematology after a suspected diagnosis of TTP. Presumptive diagnosis of acquired TTP called for treatment with IVIg, but a diagnosis of congenital TTP (Upshaw Schulman syndrome) was made after testing showed a lack of ADAMTS13 antibodies. Treatment with fresh frozen plasma (FFP) showed increase in ...


Determining The Role Of Point-Of-Care Hemoglobin Testing In The Resuscitation Of Acutely Hemorrhaging Patients, Eugene P. Warnick, Alexis R. Peedin, MD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

Determining The Role Of Point-Of-Care Hemoglobin Testing In The Resuscitation Of Acutely Hemorrhaging Patients, Eugene P. Warnick, Alexis R. Peedin, Md

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Point-of-care hemoglobin (Hb) testing has not been evaluated in the resuscitation of acutely hemorrhaging patients to guide transfusion therapy. This study assessed the correlation of Hb values determined by point-of-care (EPOC) and traditional laboratory (CBC) methods in patients undergoing massive transfusion. All patients transfused per the massive transfusion protocol (MTP) between February 2013 and October 2017 were identified. The EPOC result was most often within 1 g/dL of the CBC result when EPOC resulted in a Hb between 7-10 g/dL and when drawn within 15 minutes of the CBC specimen. In patients on MTP with an EPOC Hb ...


Implications Of Hobnail Features In Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma And Precursor Lesions, Caroline Dunne, BA, Stacey K. Mardekian, MD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

Implications Of Hobnail Features In Anaplastic Thyroid Carcinoma And Precursor Lesions, Caroline Dunne, Ba, Stacey K. Mardekian, Md

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Anaplastic thyroid carcinoma (ATC) has the poorest prognosis of all thyroid cancers. Morphologically, it is characterized by pleomorphic undifferentiated cells. In some cases, a differentiated precursor lesion, either papillary thyroid carcinoma (PTC) or follicular thyroid carcinoma, can be identified adjacent to the anaplastic component. There are certain morphological variants of PTC that are known to be associated with more aggressive behavior, but a recently described, understudied variant is the hobnail variant. It is characterized histologically by micropapillary structures lined by cells with abundant eosinophilic cytoplasm and apically-placed bulging nuclei. The aim of this study was to evaluate the frequency of ...


Metastatic Lobular Breast Carcinoma In A Meningioma: A Case Study, Sara Chapin, MSII, Lawrence C. Kenyon, MD, PhD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

Metastatic Lobular Breast Carcinoma In A Meningioma: A Case Study, Sara Chapin, Msii, Lawrence C. Kenyon, Md, Phd

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Hormonal relationships between breast carcinoma and meningioma have long been reported in the literature. This association may be related to the widespread expression of progesterone receptors in meningiomas. Indeed, meningiomas are more common in women and may demonstrate increased growth during pregnancy. Women have an increased risk of meningioma following breast carcinoma diagnosis and vice versa. However, much more uncommon is a tumor to tumor metastases of breast carcinoma into a meningioma. We report a case of a 56 year old female with a past medical history of breast cancer, found to have a right sphenoorbital meningioma with metastatic lobular ...


Primary Cns Small Mature B-Cell Lymphoma With Plasmacytic Differentiation Presenting As An Amyloidoma: A Case Report And Review Of Literature, Andrew Lynch, Geetha Jagannathan, MD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

Primary Cns Small Mature B-Cell Lymphoma With Plasmacytic Differentiation Presenting As An Amyloidoma: A Case Report And Review Of Literature, Andrew Lynch, Geetha Jagannathan, Md

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Primary central nervous system lymphomas (PCNSL) without systemic involvement are rare and account for only 2-3% of all brain tumors and <1% of all non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma (NHL). Close to 40% of PCNSL are associated with immunosuppression, however, the incidence of primary central nervous system (CNS) lymphomas has shown an increasing trend in immunocompetent patients in recent decades due to better control of HIV and drug-induced immunosuppression [2]. Here, we describe a case of a primary CNS non-Hodgkin’s small mature B-cell lymphoma with plasmacytic differentiation in an immunocompetent individual. A previously healthy 87-year-old Caucasian woman presented to the neurology clinic with complaints of slowly progressing left sided weakness, predominantly in the left arm and leg over the last 6 months. Magnetic resonance imaging of the brain revealed a large, confluent white matter T2-hyperintensity in the right frontal lobe with multifocal nodular enhancement involving the left cerebral hemisphere, cerebellum, and leptomeninges, consistent morphologically with lymphoplasmacytic lymphoma. A bone marrow biopsy showed normal trilineage hematopoiesis with no evidence of lymphoma, myeloma or amyloidosis. Our patient was treated with Rituximab but developed an ischemic infarct of the left frontal white matter. She and her family decided to forego further treatment and switch to hospice care.


Comparative Analysis Of Tumor Capsule Thickness And Other Histologic Features In Encapsulated Follicular Variant Of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma (Efvptc) And Noninvasive Follicular Thyroid Neoplasm With Papillary-Like Nuclear Features (Niftp), Brenda French, Stacey K. Mardekian, MD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

Comparative Analysis Of Tumor Capsule Thickness And Other Histologic Features In Encapsulated Follicular Variant Of Papillary Thyroid Carcinoma (Efvptc) And Noninvasive Follicular Thyroid Neoplasm With Papillary-Like Nuclear Features (Niftp), Brenda French, Stacey K. Mardekian, Md

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Recent reclassification of a subset of non-invasive encapsulated follicular variant of papillary thyroid carcinoma (EFVPTC) tumors as non-invasive follicular thyroid neoplasm with papillary-like nuclear features (NIFTP) has led to important changes in the clinical management of patients with these indolent lesions. Although there are established diagnostic criteria to differentiate NIFTP from EFVPTC, our objective was to determine further differences in histological characteristics between NIFTP and noninvasive EFVPTC. Additionally, we sought to identify histological differences between non-invasive and invasive EFVPTC lesions beyond the key finding of invasion. 68 encapsulated follicular lesions with papillary-like nuclear features from patients treated at Thomas Jefferson ...


Ewing’S Sarcoma, Chris Lucasti, BS, Bruce A. Fenderson, PhD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

Ewing’S Sarcoma, Chris Lucasti, Bs, Bruce A. Fenderson, Phd

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Ewing’s sarcoma is the second most common malignant tumor of the bone occurring in children and adolescents. Typically, patients present between the ages of 10 and 20, with the disease having a slight predilection for males.1 Tumors often arise in the mid-shaft with the femur being the most frequently affected bone. The most common chromosome translocation, t(11;22)(q24;q12), occurs between the EWS gene and the FLI-1 gene. This translocation has been implicated in these aggressive and malignant tumors.1–4 Oftentimes, patients present with pain and swelling in the area of the affected bone or ...


Acquired Resistance Mutations To Egfr Treatment In Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Benjamen Schoenberg, Gregory Omerza, PhD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

Acquired Resistance Mutations To Egfr Treatment In Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer, Benjamen Schoenberg, Gregory Omerza, Phd

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) is currently the number one cause of cancer death in the United States for both men and women.1 Mutations in the epidermal growth factor receptor (EGFR) gene are detected in approximately 30% of individuals with advanced NSCLC in Asia and 10-15% in Western countries.2 For patients harboring activating EGFR mutations, treatment includes the use of first or second-generation EGFR-tyrosine kinase inhibitors (EGFR-TKIs), such as afatinib, gefitinib, or erlotinib.

The purpose of this case study is to review the pathophysiology of the progression of NSCLC in a 63-year-old non-smoking Caucasian woman. The patient presented ...


Genome Editing Technology, Crispr Cas-9, Provides A Potential Future For Xenotransplantation: Can Pigs Become Our New Organ Donors?, Shelby Smith, BS, Emanual Rubin, MD 2018 Thomas Jefferson University

Genome Editing Technology, Crispr Cas-9, Provides A Potential Future For Xenotransplantation: Can Pigs Become Our New Organ Donors?, Shelby Smith, Bs, Emanual Rubin, Md

Department of Pathology Honors Program Student Research Symposium

Organ shortage has been a significant issue in United States for many decades. There were over 116,000 people on the transplant waiting list as of August 2017, with a new person added every 10 minutes. Animals have been considered as potential organ donors for humans, with the pig being the most ideal candidate because of its excellent breeding profile, low maintenance costs, large litters, rapid growth and organ similarity. A notable challenge that comes with porcine organs are endogenous retroviruses that establish themselves in the DNA of offspring in utero, thereby allowing for no time to prevent infection and ...


Spinal Cord Trauma: An Overview Of Normal Structure And Function, Primary And Secondary Mechanisms Of Injury, And Emerging Treatment Modalities, Daniel Morin 2018 Liberty University

Spinal Cord Trauma: An Overview Of Normal Structure And Function, Primary And Secondary Mechanisms Of Injury, And Emerging Treatment Modalities, Daniel Morin

Senior Honors Theses

The structures of the spinal cord and vertebral column are designed to provide flexibility, while still providing ample protection for the spinal cord deep within. While it does offer remarkable protection against most routine trauma, the spinal cord is still vulnerable to high-force etiologies of trauma and may become damaged as a result. These events are referred to as primary injury. Following the initial injury, the body’s own physiological responses cause a cascade of deleterious effects, known as secondary injury. Secondary injury is a major therapeutic target in mitigating the effects of spinal cord injury (SCI), and much research ...


Thalamocortical Processing Of Temporal Cues In Sounds, Kasey Smith 2018 University of Connecticut

Thalamocortical Processing Of Temporal Cues In Sounds, Kasey Smith

Honors Scholar Theses

The ability of the brain to extract meaningful information from complex sounds is what allows mammals to understand species-specific communication as well as important environmental cues such as the sound of water or of potential predators or prey. The auditory cortex of humans and other mammals contains multiple cortical regions that unique sensitivities to both spectral and temporal sound cues. This discourse will explore three main factors proposed to determine these distinct processing capabilities in regard to temporal sound cues; the distribution of glutamate transporters in the thalamus, the architecture of afferent pathways between the thalamus and auditory cortex, and ...


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