Cough, fever and respiratory distress of 1 week duration.
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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.