Air bronchogram

Case contributed by Ian Bickle

Presentation

HDU patient. Respiratory sepsis.

Patient Data

Age: 75 years
Gender: Male
x-ray

Endotracheal tube, NG tube, and right internal jugular lines suitably sited.

Extensive bilateral panlobar consolidation, with dense left lower lobe consolidation. Small left-sided pleural effusion.

Annotated image

The air bronchogram of consolidation is illustrated.

Case Discussion

This case beautifully illustrates the concept of an air bronchogram - aerated bronchi/bronchioles in a densely consolidation lung.

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