Pneumothorax - supine

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe

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Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Female
X-ray

Chest (Supine Mobile)

Right sided pneumothorax with pleural line seen laterally and well-defined right hemidiaphragm. Differences in opacity between the right and left hemithorax are exacerbated by grid cut-off artefact. 

Case Discussion

Supine pneumothoraces are difficult to spot with often only subtle findings (this case was proven on subsequent CT trauma series). And as always, assessment of artefact is important in reading any imaging modality. 

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Case information

rID: 27794
Published: 23rd Feb 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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