Finger in glove sign (lung)

Dr Jeremy Jones et al.

The finger in glove sign can be seen on either chest radiograph or CT chest and refers to the characteristic sign of a bronchocoele. The same appearance has also been referred to as:



In bronchial obstruction, the portion of the bronchus distal to the obstruction is dilated with the presence of mucous secretions (mucous plugging). Causes of bronchial obstruction include:

Non obstructive

Causes include:

Chest x-ray
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rID: 5913
System: Chest
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Finger in glove appearance
  • Finger-in-glove sign
  • Rabbit ear appearance
  • Y-shaped opacities
  • V-shaped opacities
  • Gloved finger sign
  • Finger in glove sign

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