We have completed maintenance on DiscoverMagazine.com and action may be required on your account. Learn More

Double feature: A puppy trapped in a cyst and a tumor that looks like a Basset hound.

Seriously, Science?
By Seriously Science
Jul 23, 2013 6:58 PMMay 17, 2019 9:40 PM
Double feature
Figure 1. True vocal cord cyst at low magnification.


Sign up for our email newsletter for the latest science news

Like a child looking at clouds, when pathologists look at tissue samples too long, apparently they start to see shapes in them. For some reason puppies are especially popular – we’ve previously posted about a tumor shaped like a puppy, and below are two more examples. I guess when your job is diagnosing diseases all day, you find humor wherever you can?

Puppy in a cyst: "I'm trapped! Help please!".

"A cyst is present in Reinke's space in a true vocal cord biopsy.It contains mucus inspisated in a shape resembling a puppy (Figure 1). The cyst is lined by columnar epithelium (Figure 2). We diagnosed it as a Mucus Retention Cyst of the Vocal Cord. Mucus retention cyst of the true vocal cord arises from a blocked mucus-producing gland in this area."

A Well-Differentiated Squamous Cell Basset Hound

"A sad-looking basset hound invading the dermis."

Figure 1. A well-differentiated, but sad-looking squamous cell Basset hound invading the dermis

1 free article left
Want More? Get unlimited access for as low as $1.99/month

Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

1 free articleSubscribe
Discover Magazine Logo
Want more?

Keep reading for as low as $1.99!


Already a subscriber?

Register or Log In

More From Discover
Recommendations From Our Store
Shop Now
Stay Curious
Our List

Sign up for our weekly science updates.

To The Magazine

Save up to 40% off the cover price when you subscribe to Discover magazine.

Copyright © 2024 Kalmbach Media Co.