Patient attends for follow up following recent thoracic surgery.
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Clips at the left hilum in keeping with a recent pneumonectomy.
Air-fluid level in the mid left thoracic cavity, in keeping with a hydropneumothorax.
Hydropneumothorax describes air and fluid within the pleural space. It has a typical straight appearance at the air-fluid interface, as opposed to the meniscus of a purley fluid filled pleural collection.
Two of the most common reasons are in trauma and in the early stages following pneumonectomy, as the thorax cavity fills with fluid following surgery.