Acute aspiration pneumonitis

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Low saturations post-operative.

Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Male

Day 0 post-operative

Dense right mid to upper zone consolidation, predominantly perihilar. Left lung is clear. No pleural effusion. ETT tip projects at T2/3. 


Day 1 post-operative

Right mid to upper zone consolidation is resolving. The patient has been extubated. 


Day 2 post-operative

The right mid to upper zone consolidation has essentially resolved. No new region of consolidation. No pleural effusion. 

Case Discussion

The patient was noted to aspirate at anesthetic induction. Classic location (right upper lobe) with fast resolution (48 hours). Infective consolidation typically takes much longer to clear.

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Case information

rID: 62370
Published: 15th Aug 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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