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What do emphysema and sarcoidosis lungs look like?

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Dr. Dennis Clifford
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Different: See the picture below for emphysema appearance which leads to small and large holes in the lung tissue. Sarcoidosis tends to increase the tissue between air spaces and cause fibrosis. Both can lead to airflow obstruction and shortness of breath.
Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
Lung disease: Depends on the stage of sarcoid and emphysema. May look normal early on but can vary.
Dr. Fernando Torres
Pulmonology 27 years experience
Not pretty: Emphysema lungs are large and have many distended air sacks. It is commonly called "smokers lung" and the lungs look as in the picture. Sarcoidosis, though, rarely can have "emphysematous changes", . For the most part, it is associated with scarring of the lungs as well as large lymph nodes in between the lungs.

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A 21-year-old female asked:

What do the lungs look like when a patient has emphysema?

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Dr. Taj Jiva
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Internal Medicine 45 years experience
Depends on severity: Autopsy specimen of patients with advanced emphysema shows blackened lungs with punch out holes, like swiss cheese because of destruction of lung parenchyma and large holes formation because of collapse of lung alveoli and formation of blebs and bullous cavity. However, this is the end stage disease.

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