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How do you get single vs. multiple abscesses in the lung?

Single is via Aspiration: alcoholics, bedridden, intubated, seizures, and stroke patients (due to decreased gag reflex)(usually in right lung because the bronchus is straight) (if sitting up then bottom of lung) (if laying back then top of lung). Alzehemiers.
Multiple: Hematogenous spread via septicemia and septic emboli but it would be infective endocarditis on tricuspid valve so IV drug users. Wegener's Granulomatosis. Bronchopneumonia


Bronchopneumonia can do multiple lung abscesses esp. angio invasive organisms, like



How does a lung abscess present?

Finger clubbing (hypoxia)
Weight loss
Spike in fever (separates it from bronchiectasis)
Productive sputum


What is the best investigation for a lung abscess?

CT looking for cavities with air fluid level
--remember liquefactive necrosis due to pyogenic bacteria


what would the sputum of patients with lung abscess be?

mixed flora anaerobes (foul smelling) and aerobe


What are complications of a lung abscess?

Compression atelectasis
Bronchopleural fistula
AA amyloidosis
Septicemia --- DIC


What are other causes of a lung abscess?

Lymphomatoid Granulomatosis
Wegener's Granulomatosis (multiple)
Churg Strauss


If the cavity of an abscess gets colonized by aspergillus, what forms?

Aspergilloma (fungal ball)


What is pulmonary edema?

Fluid accumulation in air spaces and parenchyma of lungs; leads to impaired gas exchange


The first type of pulmonary edema is cardiogenic pulmonary edema, what is the etiology?

Left heart failure (dyspnea, orthopnea, paroxysmal dyspnea, pink frothy sputum)


What is the pathogenesis for cardiogenic pulmonary edema?

less than 2 weeks = transudate due to increased hydrostatic pressure
Greater than 2 weeks= alveolar wall fibrosis and therefore hemosiderin laden macrophages


What is the presentation of cardiogenic pulmonary edema?

Increased pulmonary capillary wedge pressure ( because its due to heart failure)
No hyaline membrane so therefore not refractory to oxygen
At 2 weeks hemosiderin laden macrophages/heart failure cells


Now on the exam they are going to make you compare the cardiogenic pulmonary edema to ARDS, what are feature of ARDS that are different?

1. Pulmonary edema is fibrinous exudate because its acute inflammation (Either due to direct or indirect damage to type II pneumocyts)
2. Diffusion barrier to oxygen due to hyaline membrane
3. Pul wedge pressure is normal (again no heart involvement)


In slide 11, what is the time frame on this for cardiogenic pulmonary edema?

less then 2 weeks due to engourgement of capillaries
and lack of alveolar wall thickening


What are complications of cardiogenic pulmonary edema?

Can lead to pulmonary HTN --- right heart failure
Will not lead to cor pulmonale (due to cardiac problem not a lung problem)


The second type of pulmonary edema is non cardiogenic, what disorders fall into this category?

high altitude


What is the etiology of a pulmonary embolism (PE)?

DVT due to stasis caused by long flights, birth control pills, adenocarcinoma and Factor V leiden mutations


What veins is a DVT associated with?

--at or above knee


What is the pathogenesis of a DVT?

Virchows Triad:
--endothelial injury
---turbulence of blood flow


What are the three presentations of PE?

Massive Saddle Emboli: at bifurcation of pulmonary trunk: sudden death therefore no effect on the lungs
Major with CHF: dyspnea, pleuritic CP, hemoptysis, coagulative necrosis in the lung
--CHF compromised the bronchial artery ---red infarct and coagulative necrosis
---no compromise of bronchial artery --- pulmonary hemorrhage and at 2 weeks hemosiderin laden macrophages
Minor: no effect unless recurrent --- Pul HTN -- right heart failure (Cor pulmonale) and nutmeg liver after 2 weeks


What is the best investigation for a PE?

CT angiogram
Spiral CT (3D CT)


What is pulmonary HTN?

Pulmonary pressure is over 1/4th of the systemic arterial pressure


What is the etiology of pulmonary HTN?

Secondary to decreased cross sectional area of blood flow
--chronic obstructive or interstitial lung disease
---recurrent PE


There is secondary and primary HTN. Lets start with primary HTN, what is the etiology?

--usually associated with a mutation in BMPR2 (bone morphogenic protein receptor) --- binds to TGFbeta and causes hyperplasia and increased vascular resistance


Primary HTN is common in what individuals?

Young females 20-40


Primary HTN is initially asymptomatic, what happens when the HTN becomes long standing/chronic and severe?

Plexiform lesions: vasculature channels within the intima
--small capillaries cant take extreme pressure and undergo fibrinoid necrosis, dilations and hemorrhage
--think of it as a form of recannalization of intima of small pulmonary arteries


Now what is the etiology of secondary pulm HTN?

Pulmonary Etiology: ALL obstructive lung diseases (Except asthma), recurrent minor emboli and all restrictive lung diseases
Cardiac Etiology: Left to right shunts, VSD, ASD, PDA and also mitral and aortic valve problems


How do patient present with secondary pulm HTN?



What findings on physical exam will you find in a patient with secondary pulmonary HTN?

Loud P2 (pulmonary valve closing under pressure) due to higher right sided pressure
--differentiates from aortic stenosis


What is the best investigation for secondary pulmonary HTN?

Cardiac Cath and pressures on the right side will be pretty high


If you take a biopsy of the pulmonary arteries what will you see?

Pulmonary Trunk: atherosclerosis -- atheroma due to increased pressure
Medium Vessels: intimal and smooth muscle cell proliferation --- wall thickening (this is slide 13)
Small vessels -- thickening, medial hypertrophy and reduplication of the IEL and EEL


What are complications of secondary pulmonary HTN?

Right heart failure (Because the right ventricle is hypertrophy) --- nutmeg liver
--pitting peripheral edema, ascites, distended jular edema and hepatosplenomegaly


what is a Diffuse pulmonary hemorrhagic syndrome?

Active bleeding into lungs and fibrotic thickening of alveolar spaces


Primary immune mediated diseases which manifest as a triad of what symptoms?

1. Iron deficiency anemia
2. Cough with hemoptysis
3. Pulmonary infiltrates on xray


What type of heterogeneity is seen in diffuse pulmonary hemorrhagic syndrome?

coexistence of old (hemosiderin laden macrophages) and new hemorrhage with alveolar wall fibrosis
--so in the pic slide 14: the blue indicates old blood, if no blue then fresh blood


There are three conditions that have diffuse pulmonary hemorrhagic syndrome involvement, each card will go through the different conditions. The first is Goodpastures, what are some characteristics?

1. Young men, type II HSR
--antibodies attacking glomerular and pulmonary BM (type IV collagen)
---see triad but also affects kidney so glomerular nephritis -- hematuria
--never see URT so no nasal ulceration or sinusitis
--anti-glomerular BM (GBM) antibodies to the alpha 3 chain of type IV collagen and linear deposits of IgG and C3


What would you see on renal biopsy immunofluorescent for Goodpasture's?

Linear deposits of IgG and complement


The next conditions involving diffuse pulmonary hemorrhagic syndrome is Wegener's, what are some characteristics?

URT: nasal ulceration and sinusitis
LRT: cough with hemoptysis
Causes glomerular nephritis -- hematuria
cANCA and PR3 antibodies
Renal biopsy with immunoflurescence --- see nothing pauci immune


The final condition involving pulmonary hemorrhagic syndrome is Idiopathic pulmonary hemosiderosis, what are some characteristics?

No renal involvement and no hematuria
---children more affected than adults
--self limiting therefore resolves on its own