Pulmonary bullae

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Minor trauma to the chest. Pleuritic chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: 55-year-old
Gender: Male

Chest radiographs

Absence of lung markings and curvilinear opacities, suggestive of apical lung bullae are seen at the right lung apex. There is no significant change between inspiration and expiration. This would be more in keeping with the presence of apical bullae compared to pneumothorax.


CT Chest (selected images) - 1 year ago

CT study from one year ago confirms the right upper lobe bullae. 

Case Discussion

Pulmonary bullae are focal regions of emphysema with no discernible wall which measure more than 1cm in diameter. 

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Case information

rID: 49948
Published: 14th Dec 2016
Last edited: 19th Dec 2016
System: Chest
Tag: rmh
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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