Cystic bronchiectasis

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Adult with recurrent chest infections. No history of childhood illness provided. Bronchiectasis?

Patient Data

Age: 40
Gender: Male

Clusters of cystic spaces of variable size in all lobes of the right lung, most pronounced in the basal segments of the lower lobe.  These are thin walled and largely distributed around the distal bronchioles.

The right lung is reduced in volume with smaller and reduced vascular markings with peripheral pruning.  This gives a radiolucent appearance to the right lung.

Compensatory hyperinflation of the left lung.

Hiatus hernia.

Unremarkable mediastinum.

Bronchial wall thickened and bronchoceles in the basal segments.

Case Discussion

This is adult presentation of pronounced cystic bronchiectasis.

This patient is likely to have had a childhood LRTI infection resulting in maldevelopment as evidenced by the hyperlucent right lung and cystic changes to the bronchi/oles.

These patients typically get recurrent chest infections. 

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Case information

rID: 50417
Published: 18th Jan 2017
Last edited: 11th Nov 2019
System: Chest
Tag: rdgh
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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