27th Sep 2013 21:48 UTC

CAVITY - mnemonic

CAVITY - a useful mnemonic for the causes of a cavitating lung mass.

C = cancer 
A = autoimmune granulomas
V = vascular 
I = infection
T = trauma
Y = youth 

Case 1 is an example of a cavitating primary lung cancer. Case 2 shows a thick walled cavity in a patient with Wegener's granulomatosis. Case 3 is an example of tuberculosis. Case 4 is of congenital pulmonary airways malformation (CPAM) in a neonate. 

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