Left upper lobe collapse

Case contributed by Dr Yusra Sheikh

Presentation

Patient presented to the Emergency department with worsening of breathlessness and cough.

Patient Data

Age: 75 years old
Gender: Female
Modality: X-ray

There is hazy opacification of the left hemithorax with obscuration of the superior mediastinum and left cardiac border (Silhouette sign). There is well definition of the lateral aspect of the aortic arch by air (Luftsichel sign).

Findings are consistent with left upper lobe collapse.

Case Discussion

The patient was a known smoker. She then went on to have a contrast enhanced CT Thorax which confirmed a primary bronchogenic carcinoma with occlusion of the left upper lobe bronchus.

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Case Information

rID: 45715
Case created: 5th Jun 2016
Last edited: 24th Sep 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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