CARDIOVASCULAR PATHOLOGY
Tutorial I
William H. Luer M.D.
TOPICS
• Aneurysms
• Embolism
• Vasculitides
• Myocardial Infarction
• Diseases of Veins & Lymphatics
ANEURYSM
• An abnormal dilatation of an artery or vein
• Caused by weakened vessel wall from:
Congenital defect
Systemic d...
SHAPES OF ANEURYSMS
• Saccular
• Fusiform
• Cylindroid
• Berry
ATHEROSCLEROTIC ANEURYSM
• Atherosclerosis is the most common cause of aortic aneurysm
• Most frequently occur in males, >...
Atherosclerotic Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm
Aneurysm with
thrombus
Kidney
Kidney
Aorta
SYPHILITIC ANEURYSM
• Seen in tertiary stage of syphilis with obliterative endarteritis of
vasa vasorum and aortitis
• Rou...
Syphilitic Aneurysm – Ascending Arch of Aorta
Aneurysm
Aortic Valve
MYCOTIC ANEURYSM
• Bacterial infection weakens vessel wall
• Associated with sepsis, bacterial endocarditis
• May involve ...
BERRY ANEURYSM
• Involve cerebral arteries at bifurcations
• Probably arise at congenital points of weakness in wall
• Can...
DISSECTING ANEURYSM
• Entry of blood into substance of wall & extension
along the length of the vessel
• Actually a form o...
DISSECTING ANEURYSM (CONT.)
• Usually have tear in media where blood enters the
wall & blood can reenter lumen through a s...
Ascending Aorta – Dissecting Aneurysm
Dissection
Aortic Valve
Aorta
PSEUDOANEURYSM
• Injury to wall of vessel allows blood to escape from
vessel into adjacent tissue
• Extravasated blood coa...
Axilla –Pseudoaneurysm, stab wound severed brachial artery
Brachial artery
Pseudoaneurysm with
blood clotAxillary fat
EMBOLISM
• The occlusion of a vessel by an object, the
embolus, that has been transported to the site of
occlusion, throug...
TYPES OF EMBOLI
• Thromboemboli
• Bone marrow emboli
• Fat emboli
• Air emboli
• Amniotic fluid emboli
• Foreign body embo...
PULMONARY EMBOLISM (PE)
• Cause of death in about 100,000 people per year in
USA
• Number 3 killer in USA, behind heart di...
VENOUS THROMBOSIS & PE
ESPECIALLY COMMON IN:
• Prolonged bed rest
• Immobilization of extremity
• Congestive heart failure...
PE
• PE often unsuspected
• Death may follow a large embolic event in seconds
• If not fatal, PE may or may not cause an i...
CASE OF FATAL PE
• The following two photographs are from an autopsy
performed on a 66 year old female who died
suddenly o...
Coiled Embolus in Pulmonary Artery
Pulmonary Emboli removed from Pulmonary Artery
CASE OF PULMONARY INFARCT
• Next photograph is from an elderly male in
congestive heart failure
• He experienced sudden pl...
Lung – Pulmonary Infarct
Lung
Pulmonary
infarct with
hemorrhage
Embolus
CASE OF RECURRENT PE
• The next photograph is from an 86 year old male
with chronic renal failure and bilateral deep vein
...
Greenfield Filter in Inferior Vena Cava with Trapped Emboli
VASCULITIS
• Inflammation & often necrosis of blood vessels
• May be the predominant or sole manifestation of a
disease or...
VASCULITIDES
• Polyarteritis nodosa
• Allergic granulomatosis of Churg & Strauss
• Kawasaki’s disease
• Hypersensitivity v...
POLYARTERITIS NODOSA (PN)
• Systemic necrotizing vasculitis
• Segmental involvement of small & medium sized
muscular arter...
PN CLINICAL
• Male > Female
• Erratic multisystem involvement, may see tender
muscles, skin lesions, subcutaneous nodules,...
ALLERGIC GRANULOMATOSIS OF
CHURG &STAUSS
• Vascular lesions resemble PN but involve vessels
in lung (in contrast to PN)
• ...
KAWASAKI’S DISEASE
• Most have heart involvement
• See necrotizing vasculitis of coronary arteries
(lesions resemble PN)
•...
HYPERSENSITIVITY VASCULITIS (HV)
• Involves post-capillary venules, mostly in skin to
produce palpable purpura, can affect...
HV: PATHOLOGY
• Leukocytoclastic vasculitis, features are:
fibrinoid necrosis of vascular wall
extravasation of red blood ...
GIANT CELL ARTERITIS (GCA)
• Also called temporal arteritis
• Female>Male, usually >50 years of age
• Typically involves t...
GCA: PATHOLOGY
• Full thickness granulomatous inflammation of
vessel wall
• Destruction of elastic lamina
• Thrombosis & f...
GCA: CLINICAL
• Weakness, malaise, fever, weight loss, headache
• Can become chronic, usually resolves
• Can affect sight ...
TAKAYASU’S ARTERITIS
• Female>Male, young
• Decreased pulses in upper extremities, ischemia of
upper body
• Etiology unkno...
BUERGER’S DISEASE
• Also called thromboangitis obliterans
• Related to cigarette smoking, 25-50 year olds
• Involves radia...
WEGENER’S GRANULOMATOSIS
• Necrotizing vasculitis, esp. in lung, kidney, and
spleen
• Acute necrotizing granulomatous lesi...
“NAME THAT VASCULITIS”
• Test your vasculitis knowledge
• The next slide will give a characteristic(s) of one of
the vascu...
CHARACTERISTIC
• Affects post capillary venules in skin producing a
palpable purpura
ANSWER
• Hypersensitivity (Leukocytoclastic) Vasculitis
CHARACTERISTIC
• Facial pain, headache, fever, fatigue, weight loss,
in an elderly female
ANSWER
• Giant Cell (Temporal) Arteritis
CHARACTERISTIC
• Gastrointestinal bleeding
• Renal failure
• Fever
• + p-ANCA (perinuclear antineutrophil cytoplasmic
anti...
ANSWER
• Polyarteritis Nodosa
CHARACTERISTICS
• Necrotizing granulomas in respiratory tract
• Necrotizing granulomatous vasculitis in lungs
• Necrotizin...
ANSWER
• Wegener’s Granulomatosis
MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION
• Topic covered in lecture
• Case study discussed in tutorial
DISEASES OF VEINS
• Varicose Veins
• Thrombophlebitis
VARICOSE VEINS
• Legs: associated with pregnancy, increasing age,
and can be familial
• Hemorrhoids: associated with pregn...
COMPLICATIONS OF VARICSOSE VEINS
• Pain
• Stasis
• Thrombosis
• Bleeding
THROMBOPHLEBITIS
• Deep vein thrombosis, usually in lower extremities
• Pain
• Risk of pulmonary embolism
• Associated wit...
Diseases of Lymphatics
• Lymphangitis – inflamed lymphatics
• Secondary Lymphedema from inflammatory
scarring, metastatic ...
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  1. 1. CARDIOVASCULAR PATHOLOGY Tutorial I William H. Luer M.D.
  2. 2. TOPICS • Aneurysms • Embolism • Vasculitides • Myocardial Infarction • Diseases of Veins & Lymphatics
  3. 3. ANEURYSM • An abnormal dilatation of an artery or vein • Caused by weakened vessel wall from: Congenital defect Systemic disease Atherosclerosis Infection Trauma
  4. 4. SHAPES OF ANEURYSMS • Saccular • Fusiform • Cylindroid • Berry
  5. 5. ATHEROSCLEROTIC ANEURYSM • Atherosclerosis is the most common cause of aortic aneurysm • Most frequently occur in males, >50 years of age • Most occur in abdominal aorta, below the renal arteries • Complications include thrombosis, embolism, and rupture
  6. 6. Atherosclerotic Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm Aneurysm with thrombus Kidney Kidney Aorta
  7. 7. SYPHILITIC ANEURYSM • Seen in tertiary stage of syphilis with obliterative endarteritis of vasa vasorum and aortitis • Roughening of intima: “Tree barking” • Involves the thoracic aorta • Complications include rupture, aortic insufficiency, and narrowing of coronary ostia
  8. 8. Syphilitic Aneurysm – Ascending Arch of Aorta Aneurysm Aortic Valve
  9. 9. MYCOTIC ANEURYSM • Bacterial infection weakens vessel wall • Associated with sepsis, bacterial endocarditis • May involve aorta or cerebral, renal, mesenteric, and splenic arteries
  10. 10. BERRY ANEURYSM • Involve cerebral arteries at bifurcations • Probably arise at congenital points of weakness in wall • Can rupture and result in subarachnoid hemorrhage • Clinically may see headache, stiff neck (meningeal irritation) and death
  11. 11. DISSECTING ANEURYSM • Entry of blood into substance of wall & extension along the length of the vessel • Actually a form of hematoma, hence also called dissecting hematoma • Male > female • Associated with hypertension
  12. 12. DISSECTING ANEURYSM (CONT.) • Usually have tear in media where blood enters the wall & blood can reenter lumen through a second tear • Blood dissects in media as outer third & inner third of media separates • May be associated with cystic medial necrosis with loss of elastic and smooth muscle fibers • Can be seen in Marfan’s syndrome
  13. 13. Ascending Aorta – Dissecting Aneurysm Dissection Aortic Valve Aorta
  14. 14. PSEUDOANEURYSM • Injury to wall of vessel allows blood to escape from vessel into adjacent tissue • Extravasated blood coagulates and becomes a mass along side the vessel • This mass of blood (hematoma) gives the impression that there is an aneurysm
  15. 15. Axilla –Pseudoaneurysm, stab wound severed brachial artery Brachial artery Pseudoaneurysm with blood clotAxillary fat
  16. 16. EMBOLISM • The occlusion of a vessel by an object, the embolus, that has been transported to the site of occlusion, through the cardiovascular system.
  17. 17. TYPES OF EMBOLI • Thromboemboli • Bone marrow emboli • Fat emboli • Air emboli • Amniotic fluid emboli • Foreign body emboli
  18. 18. PULMONARY EMBOLISM (PE) • Cause of death in about 100,000 people per year in USA • Number 3 killer in USA, behind heart disease and cancer • Emboli travel to lungs and lodge in pulmonary arteries • Emboli usually from thrombi in deep veins of legs • Leg thrombosis common, found in 10-65% of autopsies on hospitalized patients
  19. 19. VENOUS THROMBOSIS & PE ESPECIALLY COMMON IN: • Prolonged bed rest • Immobilization of extremity • Congestive heart failure (CHF) • Following trauma, burns, fractures, surgery • During & after parturition • Disseminated cancer
  20. 20. PE • PE often unsuspected • Death may follow a large embolic event in seconds • If not fatal, PE may or may not cause an infarct • Consequences depend on size & number of emboli & the state of the circulation
  21. 21. CASE OF FATAL PE • The following two photographs are from an autopsy performed on a 66 year old female who died suddenly on the second day after an open lung biopsy • She died as she was being moved from her bed (where she had been since surgery) to a chair • The cause of death was PE • The predisposing causes include surgery and immobilization during bed rest
  22. 22. Coiled Embolus in Pulmonary Artery
  23. 23. Pulmonary Emboli removed from Pulmonary Artery
  24. 24. CASE OF PULMONARY INFARCT • Next photograph is from an elderly male in congestive heart failure • He experienced sudden pleuritic chest pain followed by hemoptysis
  25. 25. Lung – Pulmonary Infarct Lung Pulmonary infarct with hemorrhage Embolus
  26. 26. CASE OF RECURRENT PE • The next photograph is from an 86 year old male with chronic renal failure and bilateral deep vein thrombosis • He was experiencing recurrent pulmonary emboli • A filter was placed in the inferior vena cava to catch the emboli before they reached the lungs
  27. 27. Greenfield Filter in Inferior Vena Cava with Trapped Emboli
  28. 28. VASCULITIS • Inflammation & often necrosis of blood vessels • May be the predominant or sole manifestation of a disease or only on component of a disease • May induce tissue ischemia
  29. 29. VASCULITIDES • Polyarteritis nodosa • Allergic granulomatosis of Churg & Strauss • Kawasaki’s disease • Hypersensitivity vasculitis • Giant cell arteritis (Temporal arteritis) • Takayasu’s arteritis • Buerger’s disease • Wegener’s granulomatosis
  30. 30. POLYARTERITIS NODOSA (PN) • Systemic necrotizing vasculitis • Segmental involvement of small & medium sized muscular arteries • Often leads to microaneurysms • Widespread ischemic damage • Vascular lesions at different stages of evolution • Probably due to immunologic disorder since see Ig & C in lesions & about 30% of cases have Hepatitis B antigenemia and have + p-ANCA: perinuclear antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibodies
  31. 31. PN CLINICAL • Male > Female • Erratic multisystem involvement, may see tender muscles, skin lesions, subcutaneous nodules, malaise, fever, weight loss, high blood pressure, hematuria, abdominal pain, diarrhea, melena • May be acute or chronic with recurrences • Renal involvement may be prominent & often cause of death with hematuria, albuminuria, and hypertension • Treat with immunosuppression
  32. 32. ALLERGIC GRANULOMATOSIS OF CHURG &STAUSS • Vascular lesions resemble PN but involve vessels in lung (in contrast to PN) • Related to allergy, esp. asthma • See peripheral eosinophilia & eosinophils in vascular lesions • Probably a hypersensitivity disorder
  33. 33. KAWASAKI’S DISEASE • Most have heart involvement • See necrotizing vasculitis of coronary arteries (lesions resemble PN) • May see thrombosis, aneurysm, and myocardial infarction • Possible viral etiology
  34. 34. HYPERSENSITIVITY VASCULITIS (HV) • Involves post-capillary venules, mostly in skin to produce palpable purpura, can affect internal organs and tissues • Mediated by immune complex deposition, Type III hypersensitivity • Causes include drugs: penicillin, sulfonamides bacterial: beta hemolytic Streptococcus endogenous antigen Hepatitis B antigen
  35. 35. HV: PATHOLOGY • Leukocytoclastic vasculitis, features are: fibrinoid necrosis of vascular wall extravasation of red blood cells nuclear dust from PMN breakdown • Vascular lesions all about same stage • Can resolve, recur, or become chronic
  36. 36. GIANT CELL ARTERITIS (GCA) • Also called temporal arteritis • Female>Male, usually >50 years of age • Typically involves temporal artery, but may involve other medium to large sized arteries, but rarely renal (in contrast to PN) • Possible autoimmune reaction to elastic fibers in vessel wall
  37. 37. GCA: PATHOLOGY • Full thickness granulomatous inflammation of vessel wall • Destruction of elastic lamina • Thrombosis & fibrosis • Can have “skip areas” in affected vessel, where inflammation is lacking
  38. 38. GCA: CLINICAL • Weakness, malaise, fever, weight loss, headache • Can become chronic, usually resolves • Can affect sight if involves ocular vessels
  39. 39. TAKAYASU’S ARTERITIS • Female>Male, young • Decreased pulses in upper extremities, ischemia of upper body • Etiology unknown • Adventitial inflammation, that moves inward to involve full thickness of vessel, may see thrombosis & scarring • Aortic arch may show irregular thickening and stenosis
  40. 40. BUERGER’S DISEASE • Also called thromboangitis obliterans • Related to cigarette smoking, 25-50 year olds • Involves radial & tibial arteries and adjacent nerves and veins • See thrombosis, organization, recanalization, microabscess, granulomas, & fibrosis of vascular bundle • In extremities get pain, ischemia, ulcers, & gangrene
  41. 41. WEGENER’S GRANULOMATOSIS • Necrotizing vasculitis, esp. in lung, kidney, and spleen • Acute necrotizing granulomatous lesions in lung, and in nasal & oral cavities • Proliferative glomerulonephritis • See cytoplasmic diffuse antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (c-ANCA) • 90% remission with cytotoxic treatment
  42. 42. “NAME THAT VASCULITIS” • Test your vasculitis knowledge • The next slide will give a characteristic(s) of one of the vasculitides • Name the vasculitis from the information given • The slide after will name the vasculitis • Good Luck
  43. 43. CHARACTERISTIC • Affects post capillary venules in skin producing a palpable purpura
  44. 44. ANSWER • Hypersensitivity (Leukocytoclastic) Vasculitis
  45. 45. CHARACTERISTIC • Facial pain, headache, fever, fatigue, weight loss, in an elderly female
  46. 46. ANSWER • Giant Cell (Temporal) Arteritis
  47. 47. CHARACTERISTIC • Gastrointestinal bleeding • Renal failure • Fever • + p-ANCA (perinuclear antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody) • Vessel biopsy: transmural necrotizing acute inflammation of vessel wall
  48. 48. ANSWER • Polyarteritis Nodosa
  49. 49. CHARACTERISTICS • Necrotizing granulomas in respiratory tract • Necrotizing granulomatous vasculitis in lungs • Necrotizing cresentric glomerulonephritis • + c-ANCA (cytoplasmic diffuse anti-neutrophil cytoplasmic antibody)
  50. 50. ANSWER • Wegener’s Granulomatosis
  51. 51. MYOCARDIAL INFARCTION • Topic covered in lecture • Case study discussed in tutorial
  52. 52. DISEASES OF VEINS • Varicose Veins • Thrombophlebitis
  53. 53. VARICOSE VEINS • Legs: associated with pregnancy, increasing age, and can be familial • Hemorrhoids: associated with pregnancy and cirrhosis • Esophageal varices: associated with cirrhosis
  54. 54. COMPLICATIONS OF VARICSOSE VEINS • Pain • Stasis • Thrombosis • Bleeding
  55. 55. THROMBOPHLEBITIS • Deep vein thrombosis, usually in lower extremities • Pain • Risk of pulmonary embolism • Associated with: congestive heart failure, prolonged bed rest, post operative & post partal states, trauma, & neoplasm (esp. pancreatic cancer- Trousseau’s sign)
  56. 56. Diseases of Lymphatics • Lymphangitis – inflamed lymphatics • Secondary Lymphedema from inflammatory scarring, metastatic carcinoma, surgical resection (eg. arm edema post mastectomy), radiation therapy induced fibrosis, & filariasis
  57. 57. CARDIOVASCULAR PATHOLOGY Tutorial I The End
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