obsolete term for small round translucent, tenacious bodies in the sputum of some people with asthma; when floated in water, they unfurl and become recognizable as Curschmann spirals.
Round gelatinous masses seen in asthmatic sputum.
See also: Laënnec, René
Laënnec,René T.H., French physician, 1781-1826.
Laënnec catarrh - asthmatic bronchitis with pearllike expectoration.
Laënnec cirrhosis - cirrhosis in which normal liver lobules are replaced by small regeneration nodules.Synonym(s): Laënnec disease; portal cirrhosis
Laënnec disease - Synonym(s): Laënnec cirrhosis
Laënnec pearls - obsolete term for small, round, translucent, tenacious bodies in the sputum of some persons with asthma.