Cavitary pulmonary infarction

Cavitation associated with pulmonary infarction is a rare event. According to autopsy series, the reported cavitation rates are around 4-5% pulmonary infarcts 2-3. They can represent either aseptic pulmonary cavitation or superimposed infection following cavitation. There may be an upper lobe predilection. Cavitating infarcts tend to be single and are often followed by a sizeable area of consolidation 4.


Many potential complications have been described after cavitary pulmonary infarcts and include:

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rID: 24103
System: Chest
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Cavitatory pulmonary infarcts
  • Cavitation associated with pulmonary infarction
  • Cavitating pulmonary infarction
  • Cavitating pulmonary infarction (CPI)
  • Cavitatory pulmonary infarct
  • Cavitating pulmonary infarct

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