Virchows Archiv A

, Volume 374, Issue 3, pp 197–203 | Cite as

Congenital lobar emphysema

  • H. C. Powell
  • M. L. Elliott


Congenital lobar emphysema is reported occurring in a 10 day old, low birth weight infant. Following resection, gross examination of the affected lobe revealed collapsed but unobstructed bronchi, suggesting a cartilaginous defect. The specimen was insufflated with formalin and the bronchial tree dissected out. Histological study including comparison with a normal pulmonary lobe, confirms that abnormalities of cartilage may be important in the pathogenesis of congenital lobar emphysema.

Key words

Emphysema Congenital lobar Cartilage defect 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • H. C. Powell
    • 1
  • M. L. Elliott
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of PathologyUniversity of CaliforniaSan Diego, La JollaUSA

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