Lung abscess

Case contributed by Dr Abhijit Datir



Patient Data

Age: Elderly
Gender: Male

Chest x-ray

Modality: X-ray

Chest x-ray demonstrates a large intrapulmonary cavity with an irregular air/fluid level interiorly. The wall of the cavity is ill-defined, ranging from very thin and smooth laterally to somewhat nodular superomedially. 

The patient was placed on appropriate antibiotics which seemed to settle his symptoms. A repeat chest x-ray obtained one week later. 

Chest x-ray: 1 week later

Modality: X-ray

Although the cavity is more fluid filled, the overall size has reduced. 

Chest x-ray: 1 month later

Modality: X-ray

One month later, the abnormality has almost completely resolved, leaving behind only an area of rarefied lung parenchyma. 

Case Discussion

This case illustrates the successful resolution of a lung abscess. 

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Case Information

rID: 15517
Diagnostic certainty: Almost Certain
Case created: 23rd Oct 2011
Last edited: 13th Feb 2017
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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