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Pathology Case Study

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Phase 2
Phase 1
Phase 4
Phase 3
Miss B is 42 years old, known with RVD on 1st line HAART (CD4 421), VL<40
Known with previous Stage IIIB Cervical Carcinoma for which she received radiotherapy
Also suffering from urinary incontinence, irregular vaginal bleeding and passing faeces per vagina=post-radiotherapy for Cervical Ca
Presented with thyroid mass (anterior neck mass) more than 1 year ago
Diagnosed with papillary carcinoma in Jan 2013-never followed up
Now referred again for bilateral thyroid lobe nodules that are palpable
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The Curious Case of Miss BB
Pathology Case Study
Wanele Ganya-16223098
Wandile Ganya-16227859
Farzaana Singh-15748677
Shane Rosenberg-15695816
Rudolf Pretorius-15710009
Robyn Pretorius-15677621
Daylen Rutledge-15759504

Potential Danger Signs
Chemical Pathology
Cytology (Anatomical Pathology)
Patient is chronically ill
IV line in situ
No oxygen mask
Vitals stable
General exam: conjunctival pallor/small axillary and submental lymph nodes
CVS/Resp/GIT unremarkable
Visible anterior neck mass/thyroid mass noted L>R, no pain, mobile, firm & smooth, no LAD, no voice change/breathing or swallowing difficulties
Clinical Examination
The patient did not present with any dangers signs or symptoms. However, what we would need to have looked out for is the following:
Difficulty in swallowing [1]
Hoarseness or change in voice [1]
Neck swelling with possible compression symptoms [1]
Differential Diagnosis
Thyroid masses: [2]
Single thyroid nodules/thyroid adenomas
Multinodular goitre
Thyroid cyst
Papillary, follicular or medullary thyroid cancer
Metastatic disease
Lymphoma [2]
Lymphadenopathy secondary to infection (e.g. TB)
Treatment and
cytologically compatible with papillary Ca; with squamous metaplasia, nuclear inclusions, thick colloid=FVPTC [3]
FVPTC more distant metastases but better long-term survival [4]
Cytology (Anatomical Pathology)
cytologically compatible with papillary Ca; with squamous metaplasia, nuclear inclusions, thick colloid=FVPTC [3]
FVPTC more distant metastases but better long-term survival [4]
TSH normal [3]
Expected with malignancy
NB! Calcitonin [6]
CMP & Albumin:
All results normal [3]
All results normal [3]
-Urine sent away for MC&S (Microscopy, Culture & Sensitivity) [16]

-Microscopy – Leucocytes & Erythrocytes > 750 000/ml

-Culture – E.Coli

-Antibiotic susceptibility for E.Coli:
-Resistant to: ampicillin, amoxycillin; 2nd , 3rd & 4th gen. cephalosporins; ciprofloxacin and cotrimoxazole

-Sensitive to: Aminoglycosides and Ertapenem

-Report comment: poor clinical response to β-lactamase inhibitors; multi-resistant organism

-Contact precautions to prevent spread of organism in ward.

Cervical: [15]

exposure to carcinogens – disrupts normal metaplasia – dysplasia in TZ. This is precursor of cervical carcinoma.
pap smear
when Pap smear indicates HSIL (or LSIL on 2 occasions within 3 months) biopsy is needed to confirm diagnosis histologically. How? Colposcopic guidance – staining with acetic acid or Lugol’s iodine. If TZ not visualised – LLETZ or cold-knife conisation.

Side-room and special investigations
The following relates to the investigation of anaemia:
Ward Hb*
Urine dipstix*
Peripheral smear*
Iron studies*
FBC results:
RCC-3.2 (low)
Hb-8.5 (low)
HCT-0.3 (low)
MCV-85 (N)
MCH-29.5 (N)
WCC-4.14 (N)
RDW-15.4 (high)
Platelets-389 (N)
A peripheral smear would have shown a
shift reticulocytosis, erythroid hyperlplasia
and polychromasia.

Most obvious cause in our case is :
Recent Blood Loss
Chronic Diseases
Haemolytic disorders
Hypoplastic anaemas
Infiltrated Bone marrow
Renal Disease
Liver Disease
As provided in the history and lab results
Many possible presentations – cervical disease most relevant.

Possible symptoms and signs:
- vaginal bleeding between/after sex;
- dysparaunia
- fullness of the pelvis
- condylomata
- Cauliflower-like growths

Colposcopy –
hard, irregular cervix
Biopsy for histology –
squamus cell ca in a background of HSIL
Also possible – Pap smear, viral DNA

Persistent infection can lead to neoplastic changes
Co-infection with HIV can increase risk of oncogenesis

- Vaccination - gardasil (quadrivalent) and cervarix (bivalent)
- Screening - state protocol

Further info:
- Immunosuppressed pt
- Folate deficiency aids cervical carcinogenesis
- High risk HPV infections for carcinoma usually do not develop
- Incidence of cervical Ca in RSA 1 in 39
- Self-sampling of cervical tissue, Viral DNA screening and the
resource-limited setting

Background [8]
Lentivirus (Latin lentus=slow): HIV-1 & HIV-2
HIV-1 is common in Southern Africa & is the cause for the global epidemic
HIV-2 is largely restricted to West Africa
Hallmark of disease=gradual decline in CD4 cells
Diagnosis [8,9]
HIV markers during infection
HIV RNA in plasma
HIV p24 antigen
HIV antibody (e.g. viral env protein antibody)
Screening: Rapid HIV antibody tests (blood, serum, saliva)
Diagnosis: ELISA and always followed by second confirmary test detecting different antibodies
HIV monitoring
CD4 cell count (400 – 1600 per ml3).
CD4 percentage esp. in children (≈ 40%).
Viral load (VL) detected using quantitative PCR (< 40 copies/mL) [11].

Virological failure: Plasma viral load above 1000 copies/ml based on two consecutive viral load measurements after three months, with adherence support [8, 11, 12].

Case of Miss B
WHO stage IV.
Her viral load shows suppression of viral replication thus good response to therapy.
CD4 cell count: Normal.

Cervical Carcinoma
Surgery; conisation; LLETZ; simple excision; hysterectomy
Chemotherapy and radiation
Thyroid Carcinoma [17]
CT scan (U&E)
Informed consent
Total thyroidectomy + complete neck dissection
Thyroid Hormone Replacement Therapy
Assess severity of blood loss
Miss B=haemodynamically stable
Hb not <7
Blood transfusion not necessary
Find source of bleeding and stop it
Manage the underlying cause of chronic disease
Ensure adequate iron stores
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