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Swyer-James syndrome

Pronunciation: swi'er jamz

Definition: hyperlucency of one lung from obliterating bronchiolitis, usually caused by adenovirus infection in childhood, with decreased size and vascularity of the lung; distinguished from other causes of unilateral hyperlucency by demonstration of air trapping without central obstruction.

Synonym(s): unilateral lobar emphysema

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