- The larynx was normal.
- The tracheostomy site was free from complications.
- Pleural spaces were normal.
- The bronchi and pulmonary vasculature were normal.
- The right lung weighed 700g: the left lung weighed 500g. Both lungs displayed glistening cut surfaces which exuded fluid on pressure.
- The bronchi appeared normal, and the pulmonary vasculature also seemed normal.
- A section was taken for histology (see image),
- The alveoli in this section of the lung tissue are filled with a pinkish fluid; there are also lots of red blood cells congesting the capillaries in the alveolar walls. This condition is often caused by left heart failure, where blood 'backs up' around the system causing increased pressure in the capillaries in the lungs. However, there are other causes - for example, a period of immobility in an already ill patient may give a mild oedema such as this.
- The fluid in the lungs is going to cause a degree of breathlessness, and the consolidation of the lung accounts for the bronchial breathing heard on examination while the patient was still alive.