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Definition of Pneumonia, Hecht's

Pneumonia, Hecht's: Also known as giant cell pneumonia, this is a deadly but fortunately rare complication of measles. It tends to strike children who are immunodeficient as from leukemia or HIV/AIDS. The postmortem examination (autopsy) shows multinucleated giant cells lining the alveoli (air sacs) of the lungs. Named for the early 20th-century Austrian pathologist Victor Hecht.

Source: MedTerms™ Medical Dictionary
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Last Editorial Review: 6/14/2012

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