Para-septal emphysema

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Smoking patient with complaints of prolonged coughing, wheezing and nodule seen on x-ray examination.

Patient Data

Age: 68
Gender: Male

CT Chest (selected images)

Subpleural blebs and small focal lucencies up to 10mm in size.

Case Discussion

Para-septal emphysema affects the peripheral parts of the secondary pulmonary lobule, and is usually located adjacent to the pleural surfaces (including pleural fissures). It is also associated with smoking, and can lead to the formation of subpleural bullae and spontaneous pneumothorax.

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Case information

rID: 13956
Case created: 3rd Jun 2011
Last edited: 20th Dec 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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