I feel so nervous posting this, but I’ve been thinking about going into scientific illustration for a long time. Finally having a piece to show for it feels surreal though, I still have a lot to learn.

This is my first attempt at doing an actual medical illustration. Hope you like  ♥

Also thanks to intensivecareblog for putting up with my shit and constant “does this look okay” messages. You’re awesome.


Introduction to emphysema

The lungs are a pair of organs in the chest that are primarily responsible for the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide between the air we breathe and the blood.

The lung is composed of clusters of small air sacs (alveoli) divided by thin, elastic walls or membranes. Capillaries, the tiniest of blood vessels, run within these walls between the alveoli and allow blood and air to come near each other. The distance between the air in the lungs and the blood in the capillaries is very small, and allows molecules of oxygen and carbon dioxide to transfer across the membranes.

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Congenital Lobal Emphysema.

Congenital lobar emphysema (CLE) is a rare lung condition present at birth that can result in the lungs over-inflating when air becomes trapped in one of the lung’s lobes. Although most times, emphysema is thought of as an adult lifestyle disease frequently cause by smoking, CLE, also called infantile emphysema, is very different. It is congenital or present at birth, and in severe cases may be immediately apparent in the newborn or diagnosable prior to birth with extensive ultrasounds. The degree to which this disease will require treatment is variable because CLE can present in multiple levels of severity.

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