Chest x-ray demonstrates a large intrapulmonary cavity with an irregular air/fluid level interiorly. The wall of the cavity is ill-defined, ranging from very thin and smooth laterally to somewhat nodular superomedially.
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The patient was placed on appropriate antibiotics which seemed to settle his symptoms. A repeat chest x-ray obtained one week later.
Chest x-ray: 1 week later
Although the cavity is more fluid filled, the overall size has reduced.
Chest x-ray: 1 month later
One month later, the abnormality has almost completely resolved, leaving behind only an area of rarefied lung parenchyma.
This case illustrates the successful resolution of a lung abscess.