Cavitating pneumonia

Case contributed by Dr Sakher Alkhaderi


Cough, fever and respiratory distress of 1 week duration.

Patient Data

Age: 2 years
Gender: Female

The study demonstrates patchy airspace consolidation in the left lower lobe with air-bronchogram and evidence of multiple sharply defined, cystic spaces that contain air and minimal fluid, consistent with multiple cavities (cavitating pneumonia). The differential diagnosis includes pneumatoceles, which appear as thin wall cystic spaces. Follow-up after resolution of the consolidation will help in differentiating the two categories.   

Small left pleural effusion.

Case Discussion

Cavitating pneumonia is a complication that can occur with severe necrotizing pneumonia. It is a rare complication in both adults and children.

Late sequelae:

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Case information

rID: 41248
Published: 24th Nov 2015
Last edited: 14th Jan 2020
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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