Basic autopsy cutting
In non-forensic Autopsy:
- The lungs may be cut after removing the heart through cutting through the major vessels close to it, or by removing each lung by cuts by each lung hilum.
- 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.
- Weigh each lung.
- For context, see 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
Additional potential findings are mentioned in the general Lungs article.
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.
- Madea, B (2014). Handbook of forensic medicine . Hoboken, N.J: Wiley-Blackwell. ISBN 978-1-118-57062-3. OCLC 872114659.