Ginkgo leaf sign of surgical emphysema

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Left pleural drain insertion. Surgical emphysema developed in proceeding days.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male


Left pleural drain.

Extensive bilateral surgical emphysema with air tracking between the muscle fibres giving striations which form the ginkgo leaf sign.

Case Discussion

Bilateral ginkgo leaf signs due to extensive surgical emphysema.

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Case information

rID: 56472
Published: 2nd Nov 2017
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Tag: rdgh
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