Pictures of Diseased Lungs Warning: Very graphic. Do not proceed if you will be offended. This is really gross.
The chest and abdominal cavities are opened here at autopsy. The lungs in the chest have a normal pink aerated appearance with minimal anthracotic pigmentation, because this 80 year old male never smoked and never allowed smoking in his workplace. The mediastinum contains mostly fat. The pericardial sac around the heart has not been opened.The diaphragmatic domes extend upward to the level of the 6th ribs.
A Normal Lung
A Lung With Emphysema
Small cell anaplastic (oat cell) carcinoma
A lung severly damaged from smoking
Emphysema, representating a late 20th century version of “The Masque of the Red Death” in Edgar Allen Poe’s short story, is shown here. Note the loss of lung parenchyma with irregular holes. It should be remembered that deaths from emphysema, as well as lung cancer, have increased greatly over the past few decades because of smoking.
This is a larger squamous cell carcinoma in which a portion of the tumor demonstrates central cavitation, probably because the tumor outgrew its blood supply.Squamous cell carcinomas are one of the more common primary malignancies of lung and are most often seen in smokers.
These xrays and pictures are from the QuitSmokingSupport Website
courtesy of Dr. Frederic W. Grannis Jr., MD, a thoracic surgeon. If you would like to see more pictures, click on the link above. They have four pages of these!!