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Nelia Tan-Liu

Pulmonary Pathology Lab Module 1 Exam 1

Lecture Outline: Common Bacterial Agents in Pnuemonia

I. Bacterial Pneumonia • Strep pneumoniae
II. Viral Pneumonia • Hemo influenzae
III. Fungal Pneumonia
IV. Tuberculosis
• Staph aureus
V. Bronchiectasis • Klebs pneumoniae
VI. Chronic Bronchitis • Escherichia coli
VII. Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome • Pseudomonas spp.

4 Stages of Inflammation in Bacterial Pneumonia

Bacterial Pneumonia 1. CONGESTION
• lung is heavy, boggy, and red
Case Discussion: • It is characterized by vascular
A case of a 32 year old male who presented with engorgement, intra-alveolar fluid
productive cough, fever and malaise for 8 days. with few neutrophils, and often the
Patient began to experience dyspnea 1 day prior to presence of numerous bacteria
consult. Chest x-ray showed a diffuse infiltrate
between the right middle and right lower lobes. 2. STAGE OF RED HEPATIZATION
• characterized by massive confluent
Questions: exudation with red cells (congestion)
 Differentiate lobar pneumonia from and neutrophils and fibrin filling the
bronchopneumonia based on the gross alveolar spaces
features. • On gross examination, the lobe now
 Enumerate common bacterial agents appears distinctly red, firm, and
isolated in pneumonia. airless with a liver-like consistency,
 Enumerate the Stages of Inflammation in hence the term hepatization.
Bacterial Pneumonia
 Enumerate four possible complications of
 Differentiate transudate from exudate
 Name other etiologic agents that can give
rise to pulmonary abscesses

Lobar Pneumonia vs Bronchopneumonia

• Lobar pneumonia
o A widespread fibrinosuppurative
consolidation of large areas and
even whole lobes of the lung.
Figure 3. Photomicrograph showing intra-alveolar infiltration by
Figure 1. acute inflammatory cells (neutrophils)
Gross picture of lung
showing consolidation of .
a large portion of a lobe 3. STAGE OF GREY HEPATIZATION
or an entire lobe
• Progressive disintegration of red
cells and the persistence of
fibrinosuppurative exudate giving
the gross appearance of a grayish
brown, dry surface

• Bronchopneumonia
o Consolidated areas of acute
suppurative inflammation.
o Consolidation may be patchy
through one lobe but is more
often multilobar and frequently
bilateral and basal because of the
tendency of secretions
Figure 2.
Gross picture of lung
Figure 4. Slide showing grey hepatization
showing patchy
consolidation of the lung
• Final stage
• The consolidated exudate within the
alveolar spaces undergoes

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progressive enzymatic digestion to oimplies significant alteration in the

produce granular, semifluid debris normal permeability of small blood
that is resorbed, ingested by vessels in the area of injury
macrophages, or coughed up. Etiologic Agents Causing Pulmonary Abscesses
• Pleural fibrinous reaction to the • Staph aureus
underlying inflammation often • Gram negative organisms
present in the early stages if the • Anaerobic organisms:
consolidation extends to the surface o Bacteroides
(pleuritis), may similarly resolve. o Fusobacterium
• More often, it undergoes o Peptococcus
organization, leaving fibrous
thickening or permanent adhesions.

Viral Pneumonia

 Name the common viral agents causing
interstitial pneumonia.
 Differentiate viral from bacterial pneumonia
based on predominant histologic pattern.
 Describe cytopathic effects in pneumonia
caused by:
o Respiratory Syncytial Virus
o Cytomegalovirus
o Measles
 Enumerate three bacterial agents that can
Figure 5. Slide showing fibrotic areas with chronic inflammation present as interstitial pneumonia.

Common Viral Agents Causing Interstitial

Four Possible Complications of Pneumonia Pneumonia:
• Microabscesses/ abscess • Resiratory Syncytial virus
• Empyema • Adenovirus
• Pleural effusion • Rhinovirus
• Bacteremia/ Sepsis • Rubeola
• Varicella

Viral vs Bacterial Pneumonia (Histology)

• The predominant histological pattern in viral
pneumonia is the interstitial nature of the
inflammatory reaction– inflammation is
virtually localized within the walls of the

Figure 6. Gross and microscopic pictures of abscess formation (1st two

pictures), and empyema

Transudate vs Exudate
• Transudate
o fluid with low protein count; sp gr of
< 1.012
o an ultrafiltrate of blood plasma that
results from osmotic or hydrostatic
imbalance across the vessel wall
without an increase in vascular
• Exudate
o inflammatory extravascular fluid that
has a high protein concentration,
cellular debris, and an sp gr of >
1.020 Figure 7. Interstitial Pneumonitis

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• The alveolar septa are widened and In Fungal Pneumonia, pulmonary damage results
edematous and usually have a from:
mononuclear inflammatory infiltrate of  vascular occlusion by the fungus, resulting
lymphocytes, histiocytes, and occasionally in ischemic necrosis, or
plasma cells.  direct invasion by and host reaction to the
• In acute cases, neutrophils may also be organism
• The alveoli may be free from exudate, but
in many patients there are intra-alveolar
proteinaceous material, a cellular exudate,
and characteristically pink hyaline
membranes lining the alveolar walls, similar
to those seen in hyaline membrane disease
of infants.

Book Notes: (Robbins Patho)

• The term primary atypical pneumonia was initially
applied to an acute febrile respiratory disease
characterized by patchy inflammatory changes in
the lungs, largely confined to the alveolar septa
Figure 8. A lung showing diffuse consolidation and vascular
and pulmonary interstitium.
thrombosis with infarction
• The term atypical denotes the lack of alveolar
exudate, but a much more accurate designation
is interstitial pneumonitis.
• The pneumonitis is caused by a variety of
organisms, the most common being Mycoplasma
pneumoniae. Other etiologic agents are viruses,
including influenza virus types A and B, the
respiratory syncytial viruses, adenovirus,
rhinoviruses, rubeola, and varicella viruses;
Chlamydia (psittacosis); and Coxiella burnetti (Q
fever). [33] In some cases, the cause cannot be
• Any one of these agents may cause merely an
upper respiratory tract infection, recognized as
the common cold, or a more severe lower
respiratory tract infection.
• The circumstances that favor such extension of
the infection are often mysterious but include
malnutrition, alcoholism, and underlying
debilitating illnesses.
Figure 9. Close-up view, post-fixation
Cytopathic Effects in Pneumonia
• RSV: formation of syncytial cells
• CMV: abnormal inclusions or structural
• Measles: multinucleate giant cells with
eosinophilic nuclear and cytoplasmic
inclusion bodies (Warthin-Finkeldey cells)
• NB: All of these produce essentially similar
morphologic patterns (interstitial
inflammatory reaction)

Bacterial Agents That Can Present as Interstitial

• Mycoplasma pneumoniae
• Chlamydia trachomatis
• Coxiella burnetti

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 Differentiate Langhans’ type from other

types of giant cells.

Definitive Diagnostic Modality for TB

 Culture and isolation
 Recent diagnostics involve PCR for
mycobacterial nucleic acids in sputum and
gastric lavages
Gross Facets of TB
 Cavitations with casseous material
 Fibrosis/Fibrocalcific scars
 Hilar lymphadenopathies
 Hemorrhage
 Consolidation
 Bronchial erosions
 Pleural effusion
 Fibrous pleuritis

Figure 11. Section taken from an invasive pulmonary aspergillosis.

(methenamine silver stain)

 Enumerate 3 conditions leading to an
immunocompromised state.
 Enumerate other fungal agents that may
cause pneumonia.

Conditions Leading to an Immunocompromised

• HIV-AIDS Figure 12. Pulmonary TB (Ghon complex)
• Chronic steroid use
• Malignancies

Fungal Agents that may Cause Pneumonia

• Histoplasma capsulatum Huge tuberculous
• Blastomyces dermatidis cavity
• Coccidioides immitis

Case Discussion:
This is the case of a 56 year old Filipino male who
had 2 months history of recurrent febrile episodes in
the afternoon, productive cough and weight loss.
One week prior to consult, patient began to have
blood-tinged sputum and dyspneic episodes. Early tuberculous cavity formed by caseous (cheese-like) necrosis
Initial chest x-ray showed hilar lymphadenopathies,
Figure 13. Pulmonary TB with Cavitations
bilateral apical cavitations, and minimal pleural
effusion on the right.
Important Histologic Feature of TB Granuloma
Questions: • A focus of chronic inflammation consisting of
 Give the definitive diagnostic modality for microscopic aggregate of macrophages that
tuberculosis. are transformed into epithelium-like cells
 Discuss the different gross facets of surrounded by a collar of mononuclear
tuberculosis. WBCs
 Enumerate the important histologic features Figure 14. TB
of a TB granuloma Granuloma

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The right portion of this bronchiole shows epithelial erosion. There is

exudate in the lumen.
Acute inflammatory cells, especially PMNs, are present, although
evidence of chronic inflammation is also likely to be present.
Langhans’ Type vs Other Types of Giant Cells  What is your diagnosis?
• Langhans: nuclei are arranged in U-shaped  What are the underlying conditions
pattern associated with this condition? What
• Other giant cells: irregular distribution of processes are necessary for its
nuclei development?
 What type of inflammatory cells is present?
Figure 15. Compare with asthma.
Langhans’ Giant
Diagnosis: Bronchiectasis

Underlying Conditions Associated with

• Bronchiectasis is caused by conditions that
predispose to chronic necrotizing infections
and consequent destruction of muscle and
elastic support tissue of bronchi and
• The most common conditions are:
a. Bronchial obstruction (tumors; foreign
bodies), diffuse obstructive airway
diseases (atopic asthma; chronic
Bronchiectasis b. Congenital or hereditary conditions
(congenital bronchiectasis; cystic
Case Discussion: fibrosis)
A case of a 20 year old patient who presented with c. Necrotizing or suppurative pneumonias
recurrent fever and productive cough. Sputum
gradually became copious, foul and purulent. Initial Processes Necessary for the Development of
PE includes bronchial breath sounds on the Bronchiectasis:
peripheral lung fields; and bibasal crackles. • Persistent obstruction
• Superimposed infection
• Bronchiectasis is the permanent dilation of Type of Inflammatory Cells Present
bronchi and bronchioles and is secondary to • Acute inflammatory cells, especially PMNs,
cycles of obstruction and infection.
are present, although evidence of chronic
inflammation is also likely to be present.
Figure 16. Cut section of the left lung.
Note the inflamed left main stem
bronchus. It gives rise to branches in the Compare with Asthma
left lower lobe that have been opened to • By comparison, in asthma, the inflammatory
demonstrate that they extend nearly to cells are composed of CD4+ lymphocytes,
the pleural surface in this specimen. eosinophils, mast cells, and a few
The diameters of the two opened neutrophils.
bronchial branches in the lower lobe are
each greater than the diameter of the
bronchus from which they originate,
indicating the severity of bronchial Chronic Bronchitis
Case Discussion:
A case of a 62 year old chain-smoker who presented
with persistent cough with daily sputum production
for almost 10 months each year since 1999.
Figure 17. Section Occasionally, patient spat blood-tinged sputum, but
from a bronchiole. no consult was done until patient had dyspnea,
There is marked fever, and palpitations. Initial PE revealed cyanosis,
inflammation of the dynamic precordium and diffuse crackles on both
bronchi and lungs.
bronchiolar walls. The
inflammatory cells
are seen as dark blue Definition
nuclei under the
mucosal lining.
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• Chronic bronchitis, per se is defined

clinically. It is present in any patient who has
persistent cough with sputum production for
at least 3 months in at least 2 consecutive
• In simple chronic bronchitis, patients have a
productive cough but no physiologic
evidence of airflow obstruction.
• Some individuals may demonstrate • What is your diagnosis? Bases?
hyperreactive airways with intermittent
bronchospasm and wheezing. This condition
• How does the mucous gland hyperplasia in
is called chronic asthmatic bronchitis. this case differ from that in a typical case of
• Finally, some patients, especially heavy
• What is the Reid Index?
smokers, develop chronic airflow
obstruction, usually with evidence of
Diagnosis and Basis for It
associated emphysema, and are classified
as showing obstructive chronic bronchitis. • Chronic bronchitis is a clinical definition: a
persistent cough with sputum production for
at least three months in two consecutive
• Characteristic features supporting this
diagnosis are hypersecretion of mucous in
the large airways, chronic inflammation of
the airways (predominantly lymphocytes)
and hypertrophy of the submucosal glands
in the trachea and bronchi.

Mucous Gland Hyperplasia in Chronic Bronchitis

(as compared to that in Asthma)
• In typical allergic asthma, which also has
mucous gland hyperplasia, the bronchial
wall has an inflammatory infiltrate in which
eosinophils are prominent.
• There is also hypertrophy and hyperplasia of
smooth muscle cells in asthma.

Reid Index
• The ratio of the thickness of the mucous
Figure 18. Trachea and Main Bronchi. The trachea in the mid-upper gland layer to the thickness of the wall
field is hyperemic, and the bifurcation and main stem bronchi contain between the epithelium and the cartilage.
mucopurulent exudate. The underlying epithelium is also inflamed. • The normal ratio is 0.4.
This picture may occur in chronic bronchitis and a superimposed
• It is increased in chronic bronchitis.
infection. However, one may also see this picture as part of an acute
inflammatory process in a patient dying of acute pneumonia.
Remember that chronic bronchitis is a clinical term.
Adult Respiratory Distress Syndrome

Case Discussion:
A case of a 52 year old diabetic, with a history of
cerebral infarct and with left-sided residuals, who
was diagnosed to have community acquired
pneumonia on admission. Patient was admitted for 6
days and was apparently improved on discharge. At
home, patient developed high grade fever, body
malaise and recurrence of productive cough.

Home medications were continued and consult was

done only 5 days later. Patient already presented
Figure 19. Bronchial Wall. These are changes typical of chronic with difficulty of breathing and was subsequently re-
bronchitis. The bronchial epithelium is partially denuded in some admitted. At the wards, patient was hypotensive,
regions but squamous metaplasia is present in others. The basement tachypneic and febrile. Intubation was done due to
membrane is thickened (white arrow) and the mucosal vessels are sudden respiratory distress and cyanosis. Chest x-
engorged and dilated (thin black arrows). A moderate number of ray showed diffuse bilateral alveolar infiltration.
plasmacytes and lymphocytes (thick black arrow) are present in the Despite resuscitative efforts, patient demised on the
submucosa and the gland layer which is markedly enlarged and 2nd hospital day.
composes almost half of the wall thickness of the bronchus. Majority of
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Book Notes: (Robbins Patho) Questions

ADULT RESPIRATORY DISTRESS SYNDROME  What is your histologic diagnosis?
 Can the exact etiology be determined by the
• ARDS and its many synonyms ( including adult
microscopic findings alone?
respiratory failure, shock lung, diffuse alveolar
damage, acute alveolar injury, and traumatic wet  What is/are the likely cause(s) in this case?
lungs) are descriptive terms for a syndrome What other conditions can cause these
caused by diffuse alveolar capillary damage. findings?
• It is characterized clinically by the rapid onset of  Enumerate the composition of the hyaline
severe life-threatening respiratory insufficiency, membrane seen in the histologic sections.
cyanosis, and severe arterial hypoxemia that is  What pathologic finding is central to the
refractory to oxygen therapy and that may development of ARDS?
progress to extrapulmonary multisystem organ
Histologic Diagnosis
• ARDS is a well-recognized complication of • Diffuse alveolar damage, representing the
numerous and diverse conditions, including both
direct injuries to the lungs and systemic usual underlying pathologic change of the
disorders. Direct lung injuries causing ARDS clinically defined Adult Respiratory Distress
include diffuse pulmonary and other viral Syndrome.
infections, oxygen toxicity, inhalation of toxins
and other irritants, and aspiration of gastric Can the exact etiology be determined by the
contents. Systemic conditions causing ARDS microscopic findings alone?
include septic shock, shock associated with • No. The morphologic changes are non-
trauma, hemorrhagic pancreatitis, burns,
complicated abdominal surgery, narcotic
overdose and other drug reactions, • Diffuse Alveolar Damage is best viewed as
hypersensitivity reactions to organic solvents, the pathologic end-result of acute alveolar
hemodialysis, and cardiac surgery involving injury caused by a variety of insults and
extracorporeal pumps. In many cases, a initiated by different mechanisms.
combination of the foregoing conditions is
present (e.g., shock, oxygen therapy, and
Likely cause in this case
• Sepsis, diffuse pulmonary infections, gastric
aspiration, and mechanical trauma are
responsible for more than 50% of cases of

Other Conditions that can Cause These Findings

• Injuries:
o pulmonary contusion
\ o near drowning
o fat embolism
o burns
o ionizing radiation
• Inhaled irritants
o oxygen toxicity
o smoke
o irritant gasses and chemicals
Figure 20. Lung Section, scanning view. Sections of the lungs show • Chemical injury
diffused infiltration by inflammatory cells with loss of alveolar o heroin or methadone overdose
architecture. There are areas revealing collection of pink amorphous o aspirin
material and hyalinized deposits. Most areas have necrotic debris with o barbiturate overdose
admixed neutrophils. o paraquat
• Hematologic conditions
o multiple transfusions
• Pancreatitis
• Uremia
• Cardiopulmonary bypass
• Hypersensitivity reactions
o organic solvents
o drugs

Composition of the Hyaline Membrane

• The waxy hyaline membranes lining the
Figure 21. Lung Section, HPO alveolar walls consist of fibrin-rich edema
fluid mixed with the cytoplasmic and lipid
remnants of necrotic epithelial cells.
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Pathologic Finding Central to Development of

• Diffuse damage to the alveolar capillary
walls. Neutrophils are thought to play an
important role in the pathogenesis of acute
lung injury and ARDS. In contrast, the
respiratory distress in newborns is initiated
by deficiency in pulmonary surfactant.

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