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A Window into the Morgue Part II

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It’s been 4 years since I featured the fascinating, disgusting, wonderful instagram account @mrs_angemi. Run by Nicole Angemi, MS, PA (ASCP), a New Jersey forensic pathologist who wants nothing more than to share her love of autopsy and the weird things that happen inside our bodies. Her social media presence is massive, probably because she shows us things that no one but a surgeon or pathologist will ever see. She also features living patients with horrific injuries, and she doesn’t shy away from dead fetuses, which is always nice. (Un)fortunately, Instagram has implemented the “sensitive content” filter since my original post 4 years ago, so some of these posts may require an extra step before you’re exposed to their full gore glory. That’s probably a good thing, because I assure you that these are goddamn stomach-churning (besides the first one <3). Enjoy!
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This is a video from an autopsy I did a couple years back on a 19 week old fetus. When a baby is miscarried, we examine it externally and internally to see if it looks “normal”. We are looking for anything that may have caused the miscarriage such as a genetic defect, or an anomaly with the organs. If indicated, we will also send a piece of fetal tissue for genetic testing if the cause is unknown. This fetus died because there was a problem with the placenta leading to the miscarriage. The overall grey color and the dark color of the legs occurred after death because of the preservative the fetus was placed in and the placement in the specimen container. Here I have the chest and abdomen skin cut off and the ribs removed. I am grabbing an organ with my forceps that you won’t see in an adult. This is called the thymus gland. It is sitting right over the heart. This tissue is very prominent in the fetus and in children and then it atrophies or shrinks after puberty. When you do an autopsy on an adult, the area of the thymus is now replaced by fat. The thymus is an organ that is an essential part of the lymphatic/immune system. One thing you probably noticed is the fetal liver. It is huge! Again, this fetus died of natural causes from a problem with the mother’s placenta. All of the anatomical structures you are looking at in this fetus are completely normal, unfortunately it wasn’t quite old enough to live on its own.

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That’s all for now…I am feeling physically ill, I can only stomach so many wounds at a time.


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Meghan MacRae grew up in Vancouver, Canada, but spent many years living in the remote woods. Living in the shadow of grizzly bears, cougars and the other predators of the wilderness taught her about the dark side of nature, and taught her to accept her place in nature's order as their prey. She is co-founder of CVLT Nation.

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