Giant Cell Pneumonia (Hecht's Pneumonia)

Giant Cell Pneumonia (Hecht's Pneumonia)

Dr. Kennedy
Giant cell pneumonia (aka Hecht’s pneumonia) is a deadly but fortunately rare complication of measles. It tends to strike children who are immuno-deficient as from leukemia or HIV/AIDS. The autopsy shows multinucleated giant cells lining the alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs. Named for the early 20th-century Austrian pathologist Victor Hecht.

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