Cavitary pulmonary infarction

Last revised by Bruno Di Muzio on 5 May 2018

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 sizable area of consolidation 4.


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

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