Lung entrapment

Lung entrapment is a term given to non expandable lung due to active pleural inflammation, malignancy, or haemothorax.

The term is similar but not entirely synonymous with trapped lung, which is due to pleural inflammation from remote disease resulting in fibrous thickening of the pleura.

Radiographic features

Plain radiograph

Features of lung entrapment include contralateral mediastinal shift, whereas trapped lung there is no mediastinal shift 3.

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rID: 20993
System: Chest
Section: Pathology
Tags: stub, cases, refs
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