Pulmonary abscess

Case contributed by Dr Bita Abbasi

Presentation

70 y/o female persented with cough, fever and weight loss

Patient Data

Age: 70y
Gender: Female
CT

On the chest CT scan, there is pulmonary cavity with irregular thick walls and an air-fluid level in the left upper lobe.

Pulmonary consolidation is remarkable adjacent to the cavitary lesion.

Hilar and mediastinal lymph nodes are seen with a maximum short axis diameter of 8mm.

Two incidental small foci of punctate calcification in the liver parenchyma that represent granulomas.

Case Discussion

Differential considerations in thick-walled irregular pulmonary cavities include pulmonary abscess, necrotic malignancy, cavitating pneumonia, Wegener's granulomatosis and infected cysts.

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