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Bruch’s Membrane Abnormalities in Dome-shaped and Mushroom-shaped Choroidal Melanomas

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Pericardial Thymoma: An Unusual Cause of Sudden Death

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A Comparative Study of Polymerase Chain Reaction Detection of Clonal T-cell Receptor Gamma Chain Gene Rearrangements Using Polyacrylamide Gel Electrophoresis versus Fluorescence Capillary Electrophoresis

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A history of the Chapter of Pathologists would be incomplete without a history of the specialty of Pathology in Singapore. Pathology is in fact...

The Value of Joint Aspirations in the Diagnosis and Management of Arthritis in a Hospital-based Rheumatology Service

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Mohs micrographic surgery in Singapore: A long-term follow-up review

Dear Editor, Mohs micrographic surgery (MMS) has become the treatment of choice for high-risk non-melanoma skin cancers (NMSC) worldwide.1 Unlike wide local excision, MMS...

Lamotrigine-induced Stevens-Johnson syndrome and toxic epidermal necrolysis in Singapore: A case series

Dear Editor, With the advancements in pharmacogenetics, potential genetic associations with severe cutaneous adverse drug reactions (SCAR)—which include Stevens- Johnson syndrome (SJS) and toxic...

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Erythematous Plaques in a Filipino Man

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Tinea capitis is a fungal infection of the hairs of the scalp. Although commonly described in children, it is uncommonly seen in Singapore. This article...

Drug-induced Kidney Disease – Pathology and Current Concepts

Departing from the usual account of drug-induced renal disease according to the specific type of drug, we divide this discussion into 3 main areas...

Subungual Nodule of the Right Fourth Finger

A 14-year-old, otherwise healthy boy presented with a skin nodule for the past 3 years which slowly lifted up the right fourth fingernail. The...

Genome-wide Association Studies: Promises and Pitfalls

Genetic testing is an important means to confirm the diagnosis of an inheritable disease. For this to be feasible, genes that are associated with...

Chronic Truncal Plaques and Palmoplantar Keratotic Lesions in an Elderly Man

A 70-year-old gentleman with a significant past history of using traditional medication presented to our clinic with multiple dysplastic lesions of varying severity on...

Lower limb nodules

A 45-year-old Chinese woman with no medical history or regular medications presented with painful nodules on her left shin that progressed to involve her...

Dermatological Disorders at the Emergency Department of a Tertiary Hospital in Singapore

Skin disorders pose a frequent diagnostic challenge for emergency physicians due to their broad spectrum and varied clinical manifestations. The diagnosis of acute dermatologic...

Diagnosing Bacteraemia Early in Older Adults

Sepsis is a prevalent and important cause of morbidity and mortality in the general population. Approximately 750,000 patients in the United States alone develop...

Pyoderma Gangrenosum Mimicking Early Acute Infection Following Total Knee Arthroplasty

Pyoderma gangrenosum (PG) is an ulcerative neutrophilic dermatosis of uncertain aetiology. Known associations include inflammatory bowel disease, myeloproliferative disease and various arthritides. There have...

Anti-BP180 NC16A IgG Titres as an Indicator of Disease Activity and Outcome in Asian Patients with Bullous Pemphigoid

Bullous pemphigoid (BP) is a subepidermal blistering dermatosis characterised by circulating autoantibodies targeting BP180 and BP230 hemidesmosomal proteins. Anti-BP180 NC16A IgG antibodies have been...

Localised Dermatitic Nodules but No Itch

In 1909, Hyde first described nodular prurigo as pruritic nodules on the extensor surfaces of the lower extremities in middle-aged women. Thus, nodular prurigo...

Risk Factors for Severe Adenovirus Infection in Children during an Outbreak in Singapore

Human adenoviruses (HAdVs) are well known pathogens that cause a variety of human illnesses. They are non-enveloped, linear double-stranded deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) viruses. More...

Safety and Effectiveness of Improving Carbapenem Use via Prospective Review and Feedback in a Multidisciplinary Antimicrobial Stewardship Programme

Multidrug-resistant (MDR) bacteria coupled with a rapidly diminishing antimicrobial pipeline has made antimicrobial resistance an international public health problem. Control strategies of MDR bacteria...

Anaerobic Bacteraemia Revisited: Species and Susceptibilities

Over the last 2 decades, the importance of anaerobic bacteraemia has undergone various shifts in opinion. Early studies in the 1970s reported that anaerobes...

Acquired hypohidrosis following a drug reaction

A 44-year-old Chinese man presented with a 3-week history of heat intolerance and a reduced ability to sweat even upon strenuous physical exertion. His...

Hypervirulent Klebsiella pneumoniae carriage in polyclinic attendees and national servicemen presenting with diarrhoea

Klebsiella pneumoniae liver abscess is an invasive syndrome that mainly affects people living in East Asia. It especially affects adults with diabetes and is...

PLA2R1 and HLA-DQA1 gene variations in idiopathic membranous nephropathy in South China

Membranous nephropathy is an organ-specific autoimmune disease and is the most common cause of adult-onset nephrotic syndrome. The diagnosis of membranous nephropathy mainly depends...

Primary cutaneous umbilical melanoma

A 59-year-old woman with a pre-existing asymptomatic pigmented nevus on the umbilicus for the past 20 years was seen in the outpatient dermatology clinic...

Alternating hemiplegia of childhood presenting as recurrent apnoea in a term newborn infant

Recurrent apnoea in a term infant is usually pathologic, warranting a thorough aetiologic evaluation. An accurate diagnosis is essential in guiding subsequent management and...

A clinico-pathological approach to management of atopic dermatitis

Recent research in atopic dermatitis (AD) has identified it to be a heterogeneous inflammatory skin disorder of different endotypes (immune polarisation of T-cell subsets...