Left intercostal lung hernia

Case contributed by Dr Prat-Matifoll


Chronic extrinsic allergic alveolitis that required a lung transplantation.

Patient Data

Age: 59
Gender: Female

Left lung transplantation. There is a thin line (air-density) adjacent to the 6th-7th left ribs that suggests the presence of a small lung herniation. Loss of volume of the right native lung and chronic pleuropulmonary changes.



Confirmation of the small left lung herniation using CT.

Case Discussion

Congenital lung hernias are rare. Most patients that suffer from lung hernias have been involved in traffic accidents or have undergone thoracic surgery. Chest wall and pulmonary surgery debilitate the chest wall muscles, facilitating the herniation.

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Case information

rID: 31722
Case created: 23rd Oct 2014
Last edited: 2nd Sep 2015
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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