Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Previous thoracic surgery performed.

Patient Data

Age: 60
Gender: Male

Complete opacification of the left hemithorax, with hila surgical clips.

Case Discussion

Pneumonectomy ( complete surgical removal of the lung ) is one cause of a complete 'white out' of the hemithorax.

Features which differentiate it from other causes include:

a. Trachea pulled to the side of opacification.

b. Surgical clips at the lung hilum.

c. Compenstaory hypertrophy of the contralateral lung

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Case information

rID: 26489
Published: 23rd Dec 2013
Last edited: 9th Mar 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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