Cardiac failure with Kerley B lines

Case contributed by Dr Lee-Anne Slater


Patient presented acutely short of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 90
Gender: Female

Chest x-ray on presentation

The heart is enlarged and PPM is in situ. The interstitial marking of the lungs are increased with numerous peripheral horizontal lines abutting the lateral pleura.


Repeat chest x-ray

Subsequent film obtained one week later following treatment for cardiac failure, demonstrates resolution of the abnormality. 

Case Discussion

This case demonstrates extensive kerley B lines which subequently resolved following treatment for cardiac failure. Unfortunately many patients who are in cardiac failure do not demonstrate this many Kerley B lines, making diagnosis a little harder. 

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Case information

rID: 13720
Case created: 10th May 2011
Last edited: 30th Oct 2017
Systems: Chest, Cardiac
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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