General and Systemic Histopathology, C601&C602
Although the cardiovascular
unit will focus on the disorders we frequently encounter in the western
world, we are not going to leave out less common conditions. Clearly, you
will need to be familiar with all aspects of atherosclerosis and its sequelae,
but as you will see there's a lot more to vascular disease than just compromise
of the vessel lumen. You will need to understand inflammatory conditions
of the vessels as well as neoplastic disease involving the vascular system.
Freely floating matter, such as blood clots, fragments of bone marrow or
atherosclerotic material, amniotic fluid and even air also constitute important
pathological processes of the vascular system. And as we will learn, the
vascular system is even the target organ for some microbial agents.