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International Journal of Anatomical Variations

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Everett J. Brokaw, Brandon J. Crivello and Anita Joy*
 
1 Department of Growth, Development and Structure, School of Dental Medicine, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville, Illinois, USA, Email: [email protected]
 
*Correspondence: Dr. Anita Joy, BDS, PhD, Assistant Professor, Section Head of Anatomy, Department of Growth, Development and Structure, SIU-School of Dental Medicine, Southern Illinois University, 2800 College Ave, Bldg. 286, Alton, IL-62002, USA, Tel: +1 (618) 474-7028, Email: [email protected]

Received: 03-Jul-2013 Accepted Date: Mar 21, 2014; Published: 12-Jun-2014

Citation: Int J Anat Var (IJAV). 2014; 7: 65–67.

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Abstract

During routine dissection, a pulmonary bulla was observed on the diaphragmatic surface of the right lung of an 87 year old male donor. Examination revealed a possible case of bullous emphysema. Bullous emphysema results when pulmonary bullae, defined as an air-filled space >1cm diameter and with a wall thickness <1mm, form as a consequence of alveolar breakdown in a normal lung, or as a sequela of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with resultant emphysema. The dissection team documented this anatomical variation and used this as a learning experience to conduct a detailed literature review of the pathogenesis, mechanisms, treatment options and clinical management of these patients in a dental setting.

 
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