Apical pneumothorax

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


University student with shortness of breath and mild left sided pleuritic chest pain. No trauma.

Patient Data

Age: 19
Gender: Male

Thin left apical pneumothorax, with pleural edge evident and no vascular markings peripheral to it.

Right lung clear.

Case Discussion

The apices of a chest x-ray are on of the key review areas during methodical review of the film. The two key pathologies not to miss being:

  • apical pneumothorax
  • apical lung cancer (Pancoast tumor)
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Case information

rID: 46001
Published: 17th Jun 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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