Cavitating pneumonia

Case contributed by Dr Sakher Alkhaderi


cough,fever ,respiratory distress of 1 week duration

Patient Data

Age: 2
Gender: Female

The study demonstrates patchy air space 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 pneumoni ). The differential diagnosis includes pneumatoceles,which appear as thin wall cystic spaces and follow up after resolution of the consolidation will help in differentiating the two categories.   

Small left pleural effusion is noted .

Case Discussion

Cavitating pneumonia is a complication that can occur with severe necrotizing pneumonia , it is a rare complication in both adult and children .

late sequelae:  

  • pneumatocele formation
  • abscess formation 
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Case information

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

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