taffy pulling effect
A term referring to the marked elongation and squashing of a structure, which has been fancifully likened to stretched taffy candy or chewing gum
Definition Taffy pulling refers to marked elongation and thinning of the anterior mitral leaflet’s chordae tendineae resulting in mitral valve regurgitation.
Aetiology Idiopathic or due to rheumatic fever and acute MI
Definition Taffy pulling refers to spindled, darkly basophilic streaks and strands due to the extreme delicacy of the nuclear chromatin; whilst this ‘crush artefact’ is typical of small cell carcinomas, it may also be seen in lymphomas and chronic inflammation.