Spinnaker sign (mediastinum)

The spinnaker sign (also known as the angel wing sign) is a sign of pneumomediastinum seen on neonatal chest radiographs. It refers to the thymus being outlined by air with each lobe displaced laterally and appearing like spinnaker sails. This is distinct from the sail sign appearance of the normal thymus.

See also

Chest x-ray
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rID: 897
System: Chest
Section: Signs
Tag: refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Angel wing sign
  • Spinnaker sail sign

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