"Now that we've gotten past the superficial muscles, you're going to start seeing differences from one cadaver to the next," said our anatomy prof.
Boy was he right!!
Some of the crazy / cool stuff we've seen already:
- Situs inversus with dextrocardia
This is a rare condition in which the person's heart was on the RIGHT hand side of their body, and all of their internal organs were reversed! (Liver on the left, spleen on the right, etc.) You gotta see it to believe it. Our anatomy profs hadn't seen this one in person before and they were so excited they were freaking out.
- Pulmonary Atrophy
One of the cadavers had a left lung that was very tiny, and the right lung was MASSIVE
Right after cutting back the skin of the chest, a few of the cadavers had stainless steel pacemaker implants
- Sutured sternum
Those individuals who had cardiac surgery have their sternum sliced down the middle; following the surgery, the surgeon uses stainless steel sutures to bring the sternum halves back together.