Wonderful plastination, showing the nerves and muscles of the head/neck region. Note the thyroid being in front of the trachea, and the small muscles heading towards the eye enabling us to look around without moving our head.
This patient was caught in a house fire and sustained full-thickness burnson his chest. The brown, leathery skin seen above is completely dead and referred to as eschar. In this particular instance the eschar poses a threat to the patient because the dead skin has lost its expandability and is restricting the patients ability to breath. As a result an emergency escharotomy was performed in order to allow the patient’s chest to expand and breath normally.