Cicatricial collapse

Case contributed by Dr Yi-Jin Kuok



Patient Data

Age: 40
Gender: Female

2009 XR

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


2012 XR

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

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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