cough,fever ,respiratory distress of 1 week duration
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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 .
Cavitating pneumonia is a complication that can occur with severe necrotizing pneumonia , it is a rare complication in both adult and children .
- pneumatocele formation
- abscess formation
- 1. Flaherty RA, Keegan JM, Sturtevant HN. Post-pneumonic pulmonary pneumatoceles. Radiology. 1960;74 : 50-3. - Pubmed citation