Cite this page: Hypoplasia. PathologyOutlines.com website. http://pathologyoutlines.com/topic/lungnontumorhypoplasia.html. Accessed June 29th, 2017.
Definition / general
- Incomplete development of lung; lung usually weighs less than normal with fewer alveoli than expected for gestational age
- Bilateral hypoplastic disease is fatal
- Causes: oligohydramnios (renal agenesis, fetal membrane rupture), decreased intrathoracic space (renal cystic disease, diaphragmatic hernia), reduced breathing (anencephaly, musculoskeletal disorders, brainstem hypodevelopment, Virchows Arch 2009;454:451)
- References: eMedicine