Emphysema

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle

Presentation

Retired electrician with a history of 40 pack years of smoking. Shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 68
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray

Hyperinflated lungs as indicated by flattened diaphragms.

The upper lobes are relatively radiolucent compared to the lower lobes, in particular the right upper lobe with less prominent bronchovascular markings.

Case Discussion

Emphysema is one spectrum of COPD, a condition exclusively related to a history of tobacco use.

At its most extreme bullae are evident. Disease is normally pronounced before appreciable on x-ray.

HRCT chest illustrates even minor disease and aids characterisation.  

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Case Information

rID: 33347
Case created: 8th Jan 2015
Last edited: 31st Oct 2015
System: Chest
Tag: rdgh
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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