Cardiac Pathology: Pericardial leukaemic deposits

01 May 2011
Presented by Mary Sheppard


Pericardial leukaemic deposits


A 1929 autopsy specimen from a 12 year old boy who was hit on the jaw on December 7th. Three days later an ulcer appeared and rapidly spread. On December 15th he was admitted, pyrexial and tachycardic with marked anaemia. He was diagnosed as suffering from Vincent's angina. Further investigation revealed what would now be classified as acute lymphoblastic leukaemia. On December 20th bleeding from the nose and purpura developed. He died on December 22nd.


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