pores of Kohn


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pores of Kohn

(pŏrz)
[Hans Kohn, Ger. pathologist, 1866–1972]
A passageway for gas from one alveolus of the lung to an adjacent one. These may be of assistance in preventing atelectasis.
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The alveoli are laced with the Pores of Kohn, intercommunications between the alveoli that allow for collateral ventilation.
Many authors posit that these passageways, along with intersegmental respiratory bronchiolar pathways that exist primarily in the lower lobes, may be as important as the Pores of Kohn regarding the success of lung re-inflation therapy to aid in the treatment and resolution of atelectasis and pneumonia.