Left lower lobe collapse and consolidation

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Post op (T11 traumatic burst fracture). Shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Chest x-ray

Descending aorta and diaphragmatic outlines are lost. Air bronchograms are present in the retrocardiac position. The ribs are somewhat crowded on the left. Features are consistent with left lower lobe collapse with some consolidation. 


Pre-op xray

Comparison with his pre-op x-ray highlights how collapse of the left lower lobe obliterates the normal outline of the descending aorta and medial posterior diaphragm.

Case Discussion

In the post operative setting collapse of parts of the lungs (especially the lower lobes) is relatively common due to formation of mucous plugs. 

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Case information

rID: 15351
Published: 11th Oct 2011
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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