LUNG - Asthma

The specimen consists of sections taken from both lungs. The sections appear relatively normal although mucous plugging is evident in occasional smaller airways. The hilar nodes are anthracotic but do not show marked enlargement.
The patient was a known asthmatic aged 16 years who was admitted with a 24 hour history of progressive respiratory distress. Artificial ventilation was undertaken and the patient died following the development of bilateral tension pneumothoraces.