Left upper lobe collapse

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


Shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: Elderly
Gender: Female

Chest x-ray

Chest x-ray demonstrates a veiling opacity of the left hemithorax with marked volume loss and obliteration of the left cardiac silhouette. The descending aorta and hemidiaphragm are still clearly visible. 


Lateral chest x-ray

Left upper lobe collapse is confirmed on lateral projection, with hyperinflation of the left lower lobe and increased opacity anteriorly, delimited by the left oblique fissure. 

Case Discussion

This case demonstrates most of the features of complete left upper lobe collapse. 

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Case information

rID: 15297
Published: 8th Oct 2011
Last edited: 27th Dec 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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