Chest x-ray - airway

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones


After initial assessment of the film, lines and tubes, review the airway. Just concentrate on the trachea and main bronchi at first.

Patient Data

Age: 30
Gender: Male
Annotated image

Check the trachea is in the midline and that there is no narrowing. Ensure the carina isn't too wide.

Case Discussion

After the initial review, look at the airways. A mass in the left hemithorax may displace the trachea to the right, e.g. pleural effusion or tension pneumothorax. Lung collapse will cause the trachea to be pulled towards the side of volume loss.

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Case information

rID: 32554
Published: 1st Dec 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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