HEART - Hodgkin's disease

This is an enlarged heart, cut to display a massive infiltrate in the muscle of the auricle and ventricle. The infiltrate is nodular in some areas and diffuse in others.
This man, who died in 1971, was first seen in 1968 when a diagnosis of Hodgkins disease was established. Thereafter he had a number of admissions to hospital. He was treated with steroids and chemotherapy. Towards the end he developed herpes affecting the right 5th nerve and some areas of the skin. At autopsy, the heart weighted 480 g.