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Tuberculosis - Granuloma
- Ghon Tubercle  

Notice that an area of lung tissue has been displaced by a dense spherical mass of necrosis surrounded by a capsule of fibrous connective tissue.   

Normal lung (40X2.0)                                                                      Normal lung (100X2.0)
 
Much normal tissue creates large surface area                       Much normal tissue creates large surface area
with many capillaries, many small air spaces. Large              
with many capillaries, which are filled with
vessel at extreme left, large airway at lower right                    
RBCs (red cells)

Ghon tubercle - entire (40X1.0)                                                    Ghon tubercle (40X2.0)

 
Tubercle in center with necrotic core surrounded by          Normal lung (lower left), capsule (granular and fibrous
capsule, normal lung on extreme left and right                      layers), and core of necrotic material (center to right edge)

Ghon tubercle (100X1.6)                                                                 Ghon tubercle (400X2.0)         
 
Macrophages (left), fibrous capsule (center), necrotic         Macrophages (round dark blue at left), fibrous capsule
region (right)                                                                                 (right)

Ghon tubercle (400X2.8)                                                                 Ghon tubercle (400X2.8)
 
Macrophages (round dark blue at left), fibrous capsule      Central amorphous acellular necrotic region
(right) 


Compare the dense arrangement of material in the granuloma with the open, air-filled normal lung tissue surrounding it.

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