Ginkgo leaf sign of subcutaneous emphysema

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Recent thoracic surgery.

Patient Data

Age: 65
Gender: Female

Right anterior chest wall subcutaneous emphysema outlining the pectoralis major muscle.

Increased opacity at the right base with a small right pleural effusion. No pneumothorax is identified but not excluded. Left lung and pleural spaces are clear. 

Case Discussion

When subcutaneous emphysema has this pattern, outlining the pectoralis major muscle, it is sometimes called the ginkgo leaf sign

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Case information

rID: 29917
Published: 3rd Jul 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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