Left upper lobe collapse

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Smoker of 40 pack years. Cough.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male

Veiled opacification of the left hemithorax.

Enlarged dense left hilum.

Heart size normal.  Right lung clear.

Case Discussion

The classical veiled appearance of a left upper lobe collapse and the cause also illustrated on the plain radiograph.

In a smoker, a left upper lobe collapse is lung cancer until proven otherwise.  In this case, one can even observe the central lung mass responsible for the collapse.

Staging CT, bronchoscopy, in some circumstances PET and MDT discussion with ensue.

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Case information

rID: 73145
Published: 25th Jan 2020
Last edited: 25th Jan 2020
System: Oncology, Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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