Cicatricial collapse

Case contributed by Dr Yi-Jin Kuok



Patient Data

Age: 40
Gender: Female

2009 XR

Modality: X-ray

LLL consolidation congruent with the patient's infective symptoms.
Dx - severe pneumonia

2012 XR

Modality: X-ray

Retrocardiac density in keeping with LLL collapse. Splaying of the LUL vessels (compared to the right) suggesting hyper-expansion - this is subtle

2012 CT chest

Modality: CT

Volume loss of LLL

No aortic vessel to suggest sequestraion

Case Discussion

Lobar collapse refers to collapse of an entire lobe of the lung. As such it is a subtype of atelectasis, which is a more generic term for 'incomplete expansion'. Individual lobes of the lung may collapse due to obstruction of the supplying bronchus. 

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Case Information

rID: 17405
Case created: 11th Apr 2012
Last edited: 16th Dec 2015
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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