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What causes the honey comb appearance of the left lung?

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Posted on Fri, 29 May 2015
Question: honeycomb left lung
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Answered by Dr. Mohammed Taher Ali (32 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Suggestive of end stage interstitial lung disease.

Detailed Answer:
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Thanks for posting your query on HCM.
I appreciate your concern for the honey coomb appearance of the left lung.

It is a non-neoplastic, inflammatory lung diseases also called diffuse parenchymal lung disease with fibrotic cystic (honeycomb changes) seen in the lungs of those with certain end-stage interstitial lung diseases. It is a pathologic finding and not a specific disease entity.

It is associated with Collagen vascular diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic sclerosis, Sjögren syndrome, and dermatomyositis/polymyositis.
However, sometimes it can occur without the above mentioned diseases.

Hope this answers your query.

Wishing a very good health.

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What causes the honey comb appearance of the left lung?

Brief Answer: Suggestive of end stage interstitial lung disease. Detailed Answer: Hi Thanks for posting your query on HCM. I appreciate your concern for the honey coomb appearance of the left lung. It is a non-neoplastic, inflammatory lung diseases also called diffuse parenchymal lung disease with fibrotic cystic (honeycomb changes) seen in the lungs of those with certain end-stage interstitial lung diseases. It is a pathologic finding and not a specific disease entity. It is associated with Collagen vascular diseases like systemic lupus erythematosus, rheumatoid arthritis, systemic sclerosis, Sjögren syndrome, and dermatomyositis/polymyositis. However, sometimes it can occur without the above mentioned diseases. Hope this answers your query. Wishing a very good health.