Cystic bronchiectasis causing pneumothorax

Case contributed by Dr Yune Kwong


Long-standing shortness of breath

Patient Data

Age: 42
Gender: Male

Right pneumothorax, pigtail catheter, rounded cystic changes in both lung bases.

Cystic bronchiectasis in the lower lobes and right middle lobe, with resulting pneumothorax. Air fluid levels in several of the cysts. The patient is being considered for lung transplantation.

Case Discussion

Cystic bronchiectasis is the most severe type of bronchiectasis. The airway takes on a ballooned appearance and the number of bronchial divisions is greatly reduced.

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Case information

rID: 29579
Case created: 6th Jun 2014
Last edited: 16th Dec 2015
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included