Nipple markers

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Known COPD patient attends with shortness of breath. Patient still smoking.

Patient Data

Age: 65
Gender: Female

Bilateral radio-opacities inside the placed nipple markers.

Confirms normal nipple shadow, not intra-pulmonary pathology.

Case Discussion

A small radio-opacity, especially if unilateral projected over the lower thorax, may be a normal nipple outline or a intra-pulmonary lesion.

A repeat film with skin surface nipple markers applied, helps confirm, which is it and if further investigation is needed.

Simple, but effective.

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Case information

rID: 29344
Published: 17th May 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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