NSW Health Pathology, Lismore, Australia
The Breast Host in Town
In mid 2017, a patient attended the Tweed Heads Breast Screen clinic due to some calcifications that had been noted in her breast at ultrasound. There was some question surrounding DCIS so a VACB was performed.
What this biopsy revealed however was not in fact DCIS or another type of cancer, for that matter, but calcified Schistosoma japonicum eggs in her breast. A parasite that is usually passed through the body, or at the very least retained in the liver or lung.
Only a handful of these cases could be found globally so to find one in the NSW region made it all the more interesting.
I first starting working in AP as a trainee, at Nepean Hospital, 22 years ago as a seventeen year old straight from school. After spending nearly seven years at Concord Hospital in Sydney, I moved to Canberra to work with the team at ACT Pathology at The Canberra hospital where I stayed for 12 years. In December 2016 I made the move much further north to NSW Health Pathology NNSW at Lismore Base Hospital where I am the Senior Technical Officer in charge of the AP department.