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Finger in glove sign (lung)

Last revised by Dr Daniel J Bell on 09 Jan 2022

The finger in glove sign can be seen on either a chest radiograph or CT chest and refers to the characteristic sign of a bronchocele


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 (mucus plugging). Causes of bronchial obstruction include:


Causes include 4:

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Cases and figures

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