LUNG - Pneumonia

The specimen shows portion of the left lung; the pleural surface shows a number of abscess areas. The cut surface shows extensive consolidation, light tan in colour, with numerous abscess cavities. The upper portions of the lung are less markedly involved. Microscopy showed organising pneumonia with carnification and microscopic evidence of oxygen toxicity. No organisms were recovered at autopsy.
This young woman had an influenza-like illness and fever preceding admission to hospital, where she was found to have a bilateral pneumonia. No organisms were recovered but she was treated with antibiotics until she suffered a cardiac arrest 11 days after admission. She did not recover consciousness. The cause of the pneumonia has not been ascertained.