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Bronchial alveolar wash after inhalation smoke injury
Bronchial alveolar wash after inhalation smoke injury

Carbon particles associated with alveolar macrophages in bronchial alveolar wash due to inhalation smoke injury. Chemical injury continues as long as chemical-covered carbon particles remain attached to the airway mucosa, with the size of the particles determining where damage will occur within the respiratory tree.

Courtesy of Dr. R. Reid Hanson.

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