Luftsichel sign in lung cancer

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Shortness of breath

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Female

Complete consolidation and incomplete collapse of the left upper lobe.

Bilateral patchy nodular opacities are in keeping with known metastatic lung cancer.

Curvilinear opacity at the left apex represents compensatory hyperinflation of the left lower lobe (Luftsichel sign)


Left sided collapse and consolidation now involves the left upper lobe.

Small left pleural effusion.

Innumerable pulmonary metastases throughout both lungs, some demonstrating central cavitation.

Multiple enlarged hilar, subcarinal and mediastinal lymph nodes.

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Case information

rID: 30421
Published: 9th Aug 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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