honeycomb lung


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hon·ey·comb lung

the radiologic and gross appearance of the lungs resulting from interstitial fibrosis and cystic dilation of bronchioles and distal air spaces; of unknown cause or a sequel of any of several diseases, including eosinophilic granuloma, sarcoidosis, and any interstitial lung disease.
Synonym(s): cystic lung

hon·ey·comb lung

(hŏn'ē-kōm lŭng)
The radiologic and gross appearance of the lungs resulting from interstitial fibrosis and cystic dilation of bronchioles and distal air spaces; a sequel of any of several diseases, including eosinophilic granuloma and sarcoidosis.

honeycomb lung

An abnormal appearance of the lungs seen on chest x-ray exam, in which small cystic spaces alternate with coarsely increased interstitial markings. This pattern is typical of pulmonary injury caused by inhalation of dusts, minerals, toxic gases, or fibers; rheumatological diseases; and interstitial pneumonitis.
See also: lung

honeycomb lung

An X-ray appearance found in some cases of INTERSTITIAL PULMONARY FIBROSIS and in some rare conditions such as HISTIOCYTOSIS and TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS.
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The phrase intralobular fibrous obliteration with cystic changes is accurate; honeycomb lung, although commonplace and widely adopted, is difficult to define and meaningless biologically.
In addition, the term honeycomb lung is not necessarily helpful for pathologists who may think they know what it is.