Cardiovascular Pathology Cases
About the cases:
These cases were developed for the Cardiovascular Organ System Course
by Dr. Juliana Szakacs and Belinda Trieu in the Department of Pathology
at the University of Utah. Minor modifications were made by Dr. Fred Clayton. The use of Olympus and RadWeb at the University
Hospital is restricted to physicians and care givers with passwords.
respect the privacy and confidentiality of patients at all times following HIPAA guidelines. The
cases published on this web-site contain no personal identifiers.
How to use the cases for study:
1. These cases will guide you through the presentations and diagnoses
of complex cardiovascular diseases. Follow the cases part by part and
answer the questions as you come to them. Discussion in your small group is encouraged.
2. Review the gross
materials at your lab station during the first lab period.
3. Groups of two or three students are assigned one case to present at the second lab. Before you present, review the comprehensive case materials linked to the last part of the
case, complete your research on the disease entity presented, and answer
the questions at the end of the case. Prepare a 5 to 7 minute
This includes a brief summary of the chief complaint, pertinent history, labs, X-rays and hospital course; pay close attention to how the diagnosis was made and the outcome. Be sure to reference the data you give in answering the questions of the last part of the case; try to incorporate recent material from a literature search.
A written copy of the answers to the questions at the end of the case must be turned in to your facilitator as you finish your presentation; your report will be graded. List all the names of those who worked on the report. You will each receive the same grade.
Goals and Objectives:
You will learn to to:
1. Use the electronic medical record and/or computer to gather
data on patients
2. Use the library electronic reference system
to research data on diseases, therapies and drugs
3. Understand the basic pathology, presentation, and treatment of cardiac
b. Myocardial infarction
d. Cor Pulmonale
g. Valve replacements
4. Understand the basic pathology, presentation,
and treatment of diabetic ischemic vasculopathy
5. Compile data on a patient and present
it in the form of a Clinical Pathological Correlation.