Bullous emphysema

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


Increasing shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male

Chest x-ray

The mid and upper  zones of both lungs are markedly hyperlucent, with splayed pulmonary vasculature suggesting bullae. The lower zones demonstrate crowding of the pulmonary / vascular markings. A right sided pleural effusion has developed with dependent patchy atelectasis. The heart is at the upper limit of normal.

Case Discussion

This patient has extravagant apical bullous emphysema. 

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Case information

rID: 15354
Published: 11th Oct 2011
Last edited: 12th Jun 2021
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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