Mucous plug with left lung collapse

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon


Serial chest radiographs in an intubated young adult at 0, 4 and 10hrs.

Case Discussion

The lungs are well aerated on the inital film.  The subsequent film taken 4 hours later demonstrates left hemithorax white-out with mediastinal shift to the left consistent with left lung collapse.  The final film taken 6 hours later shows resolution of the collapsed left lung.  

These serial findings are consistent with left lung collapse secondary to temporary mucous plugging.

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Case information

rID: 9787
Published: 24th May 2010
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Tag: icu
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