Category Archives: Oncology

Laboratory Findings in Multiple Myeloma

Multiple myeloma is associated with more laboratory abnormalities than any other disease. Some of the notable ones are: Blood Peripheral blood smear: normocytic, normochromic anemia, macrocytic anemia, rouleaux formation, neutropenia, thrombocytopenia, abnormal plasma cells (15%) High Erythrocyte Sedimentation Rate (ESR) High serum total protein and low albumin/globulin ratio Septicemia: especially from encapsulated organisms, which are normally cleared by… Read More »

Book Review: Visual Guide to Musculoskeletal Tumors: A Clinical – Radiologic – Histologic Approach

Visual Guide to Musculoskeletal Tumors: A Clinical – Radiologic – Histologic Approach(2010) by Felasfa M. Wodajo MD et al. is a superb integration of clinical medicine, gross pathology, histopathology and radiology of musculoskeletal tumors. The pictures are excellent and the amount of information is comprehensive, yet easy to absorb. The book is ideal for radiologists, pathologists, oncologists and orthopedic surgeons. In addition, general practitioners would likely benefit… Read More »

Book Review: Haematology, A Core Curriculum

I think that there are two main reasons why a lot of people believe that hematology is a tough subject to master. First, it is essential a microscopic and molecular science. Unlike cardiology or neurology, which have organs-in-chief that can be visualized quite easily in 3-dimensional space, hematology is a science of cells which permeate the entire human body.  This makes things… Read More »