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Fatal cases of penetrating injuries are most often stab wounds, are more common in young men and constitute a drain on scarce resources. Autopsy documentation of injuries at the University Hospital of the West Indies requires improvement and synoptic reporting may be of value.
Objectives: This study aimed to ascertain the prevalence and patterns of fatal sharp force injuries, victims’ demographics, cause of death and average survival time at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI), Kingston, Jamaica.
Hysterectomized black women in Jamaica are not at increased risk of osteoporosis.
Objective: To see if black Jamaican postmenopausal women who had hysterectomy were at increased risk of osteoporosis. To assess the risk of osteoporosis in hysterectomized Jamaican postmenopausal patients.
The adequacy of lymph node resection at the University
Hospital of the West Indies meets accepted standards
for right-sided colon cancers but is less than adequate
for left-sided cancers. Ensuring adequate node sampling
is a dual responsibility of the reporting pathologist
and attending surgeon as this has important implications
for treatment, prognosis and quality of care.
Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the adequacy of nodal sampling in resection specimens for colorectal carcinoma in a Jamaican population.
Methods: The pathology records of all patients who underwent operation for colorectal carcinoma at the University Hospital of the West Indies (UHWI) during the five-year period, 2003−2007, were reviewed. Pertinent clinical and pathologic data were obtained and analysed.
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Venous thromboembolism is a serious complication of many conditions in women. It is more common in older hospitalized women, but should also be suspected in younger women who recently had surgery, hormonal therapy or pregnancy.
Objective: To review cases of venous thromboembolism (VTE) at UHWI from 1999–2004, to identify methods of diagnosis, risk factors and to evaluate differences between survivors and fatalities.
A case of cutaneous rhabdomyomatous mesenchymal hamartoma in a 6-year old Afro-Caribbean girl is reported with review of the literature. The lesions were fine, located on the central face and became inapparent after six months. Spontaneous regression of these lesions has not been previously reported. Although rare, continued reporting will facilitate the elucidation of the clinical features and natural history of these lesions and the relationship to disordered embryogenesis.