Microscopy December 2018

A quieter session this month, which just meant more mince pies for everyone who attended. We started with a review of corneal structure, and had a chat about the phenomenon of Descemet's membrane thickening during endothelial cell loss. Charlotte raised a very interesting question as to the relationship of thickened Descemet's membrane to corneal oedema.… Continue reading Microscopy December 2018

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Microscopy November 2018

November's teaching was quite early in the month, so I hadn't accumulated many interesting cases. Given the focus on corneas in October, this time round I picked some lid tumours from the archives as well as a few recent cases. Here are a few of them. Case 1 This is a rapidly growing lid skin… Continue reading Microscopy November 2018

Microscopy October 2018

For this month's microscopy session, I'd received a request to review FRCOphth examination-type material, particularly corneas. So we spent a bit of time on the three classic corneal stromal dystrophies and their typical (and atypical!) appearances. I have a previous post on the stromal dystrophies here. We also did a refresher on some basic descriptive… Continue reading Microscopy October 2018

Microscopy September 2018

This month, we welcomed two of the new Moorfields trainees and Esin, a paediatric pathologist from The Royal London Hospital. We covered corneal and retinal histology and chatted about how some tumours may have deceptively bland cytology.  Cases included a metastatic carcinoma with unknown primary, a retinal detachment and a cavernous haemangioma. We had a… Continue reading Microscopy September 2018