Thursday, November 19, 2009

Toothpaste out of the elbow! (yucky!)

OK, this is not technically toothpaste. However, it sure looks like it. This is an image of a man's elbow and it's from the New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM).

A 77-yr-old man renal-cell carcinoma (kidney cancer) presented with painful swelling of his elbow. This white chalky substance was a result of an acute flare of previously asymptomatic, chronic tophaceous gout. Hence, this image receives a heading titled, "Gouty Tophi." To read more, visit the NEJM here.

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