Pleural empyema

Case contributed by Dr David Cuete

Presentation

Symptoms consistent with a chest infection.

Patient Data

Age: 45
Gender: Female
Modality: X-ray

The x-ray shows a large left-side pleural effusion with mediastinal shift. The right lung is clear.

Modality: CT

The left hemithorax is filled with a huge pleural collection with small air bubbles inside and with the left lung compressed medially and consequent mediastinal shift.

Case Discussion

This pleural collection was confirmed to be an empyema.

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Case Information

rID: 33233
Case created: 4th Jan 2015
Last edited: 27th Apr 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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