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Toxicity and Characteristic Pathology 01

Topic: Pathology

Created on Wednesday, November 28 2007 by jdmiles

Last modified on Wednesday, November 28 2007.

A 38 year old woman in previously good health is found at home, comatose and with bright red skin.  After a few days in the ICU, the patient expires.  Carbon monoxide poisoning is the suspected cause of death.

On autopsy, what findings in the brain can you expect to see? 


 
        A) Bilateral globus pallidus lesions
 
        B) Bilateral hippocampus lesions
 
        C) Bilateral amygdala lesions
 
        D) Bilateral caudate lesions
 
        E) Bilateral substantia nigra lesions
 

 


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A) Bilateral globus pallidus lesions

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Bilateral globus pallidus lesions are a common finding in carbon monoxide poisoning.
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B) Bilateral hippocampus lesions

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Bilateral globus pallidus lesions are a common finding in carbon monoxide poisoning.
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C) Bilateral amygdala lesions

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Bilateral globus pallidus lesions are a common finding in carbon monoxide poisoning.
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D) Bilateral caudate lesions

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Bilateral globus pallidus lesions are a common finding in carbon monoxide poisoning.
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E) Bilateral substantia nigra lesions

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Bilateral globus pallidus lesions are a common finding in carbon monoxide poisoning.
  (See References)

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References:

1. Prayson, R.A., and Goldblum, J.R. (Eds.) (2005). Neuropathology. Elsevier Churchill Livingstone, Philadelphia. (ISBN:0443066582)Advertising:
2. Lapresle, J., and Fardeau, M. (1967). "The central nervous system and carbon monoxide poisoning. II. Anatomical study of brain lesions following intoxication with carbon monixide (22 cases)." Prog Brain Res, 24 31-74. (PMID:6075035)
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Toxicity and Characteristic Pathology 01
Question ID: 112807175
Question written by J. Douglas Miles, (C) 2006-2009, all rights reserved.
Created: 11/28/2007
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