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Author: Mikael Häggström [note 1]
Not including larger pulmonary vessels (instead summarized at Autopsy - Other thorax).

Microscopic evaluation

Most common lung pathologies:[1][2]

  • Edema and congestion (often together).
  • Acute congestion manifests as alveolar capillaries being engorged with blood, as well as associated alveolar septal edema and/or focal intra-alveolar hemorrhage.[3]
  • Chronic congestion manifests as thickened and fibrotic septa, and alveolar spaces containing numerous siderophages.[3]
  • Pneumonia
  • Tuberculosis in regions with substantial prevalence
  • Carcinoma


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  1. India: Tiwana, Kanwardeep Kaur; Nibhoria, Sarita; Gupta, Manvi; Yadav, Ashish (2014). "Histopathological Spectrum in Lung Autopsies- A 50 Case Study ". Indian Journal of Forensic Medicine & Toxicology 8 (2): 172. doi:10.5958/0973-9130.2014.00709.9. ISSN 0973-9122. 
  2. United States: Dr. Stanley Adams. Pulmonary Lung Conditions Found at Autopsy. Washington Forensic Services. Retrieved on 2019-12-20.
  3. 3.0 3.1 . Congestion. Humpath (2005-12-19).

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