Acute cardiac failure due to atrial fibrillation

Case contributed by Dr Sajoscha Sorrentino


Acute dyspnea and tachycardia with a history of atrial fibrillation.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Female

Typical Kerley B lines at the lung bases. No effusion. Normal cardiac silhouette size.

Annotated image

Zoomed image showing Kerley B lines. 

Case Discussion

Kerley B lines are 1-2 cm thin lines in the peripheries of the lung. They are perpendicular to, and extend out to, the pleural surface. They represent thickened subpleural interlobular septa and are usually seen at the lung bases. 

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Case information

rID: 16894
Published: 27th Feb 2012
Last edited: 30th Apr 2020
System: Cardiac, Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included