Left upper lobe collapse

Case contributed by Dr Aneta Kecler-Pietrzyk


Shortness of breath. Background history of Intravenous drugs dependancy.

Patient Data

Age: 40 years
Gender: Female

Relative faint hypolucency of the left hemithorax (veil like) when compared to right with upward traction of the left hilum and minor loss of volume. Appearances are suspicious for left upper lobe collapse.


Left upper lobe collapse.

BAL (broncho alveolar lavage) was performed and histopathology showed mucopurulent material. 

Case Discussion

The case shows very subtle changes (veil like opacity) on chest radiograph secondary to left upper lobe collapse.

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Case information

rID: 62701
Published: 27th Aug 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Excluded

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