Button artifact (chest x-ray)

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male

Ovoid opacity projects over the right apex. 


12 months later

Previously demonstrated right upper zone nodule is no longer apparent. 

Case Discussion

This was initially reported as a pulmonary nodule and work-up with CT was recommended but was not acted on. A chest x-ray was performed 12 months later, demonstrating the absence of the "pulmonary nodule". On closer inspection, there are two central lucencies representing the stitching holes of a button and this "pulmonary nodule" is actually a button. 

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Case information

rID: 65202
Published: 29th Dec 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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