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Basic autopsy cutting
In non-forensic Autopsy:
- Dissect the pulmonary arterial system, from the pulmonary trunk and including at least segmental arteries.
- Dissect the bronchial tree, at least to segmental bronchi. Check for obstructions.
- Make some additional sections through the lung parenchyma. Squeeze at each side to detect any pus and edema.
Further information: Autopsy
- A spongy consistency, and watery and frothy liquid being pressed from the parenchyma, indicates simple edema.
- A spongy consistency and reddish (blood-stained) fluid being pressed from the parenchyma, indicates acute congestion.
- A brownish or dark reddish color of the fluid pressed from the parenchyma indicates chronic congestion, and may not have a spongy consistency.
Generally 10% neutral buffered formalin.
See also: General notes on fixation
- Edema and congestion (often together), indicating left sided heart failure:
- Pneumonia: Inflammatory cells
- Tuberculosis in regions of the world with substantial prevalence
- Aspiration: Other foreign contents in airways. Further information: Aspiration in autopsy
Report findings and if they are consistent with already known diagnoses. Further information: Autopsy
- Burton, Julian L.; Rutty, Guy N. (2010). The Hospital Autopsy A Manual of Fundamental Autopsy Practice (3rd ed.). Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0340965146.
- page 62 in: J. Martin Beattie (2014). Post-Mortem Methods . Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9781107418004.
- 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.
- United States: Dr. Stanley Adams. Pulmonary Lung Conditions Found at Autopsy. Washington Forensic Services. Retrieved on 2019-12-20.
- . Congestion. Humpath (2005-12-19).