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Honeycomb lung

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This term is used to describe a group of conditions that cause widespread cystic or honeycomb appearances on chest radiology.

Causes include:

  • commonly, end-stage pulmonary fibrosis of any cause
  • neurofibromatosis
  • tuberous sclerosis
  • Hand-Schuller-Christian disease
  • eosinophilic granuloma

There is a tendency for patients with honeycomb lung to develop pneumothoraces.

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