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thrush breast appearanceJoe Segen2016-11-14T12:07:39+00:00
thrush breast appearance
A descriptive term for the macroscopic appearance of the patchy lesions of fatty metamorphosis of the endocardium and papillary muscle, which has been likened to the breast of thrushes (Turdidae), a family of globally distributed passerine birds. The changes are most prominent in the left ventricle, and caused by prolonged hypoxia, where red-brown myocardium alternates with yellow bands of fatty degeneration; a similar lesion is caused by diphtheria.