Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Patient with an extensive history of lung infections, last hospital admission one year ago. Currently Complaining of cough.

Patient Data

Age: 79
Gender: Male

CT Chest

CT scout: similarly to an x-ray, the scout shows ring shadows and interstitial markings predominantly involving the left lung lower zones.  

CT confirms diffuse bronchial wall thickening, peripheral mucoid impaction and cystic bronchiectasis severely distorting the left lower lobe. Centrilobular nodules in a tree in bud distribution within the lower lobes are likely related to acute bronchial infection/aspiration.

Case Discussion

Bronchiectasis refers to abnormal dilatation of the bronchial tree and is seen in a variety of clinical settings, such lung infections. 

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Case information

rID: 22061
Published: 7th Mar 2013
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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