Pulmonary embolism with "bubbly consolidation" (pulmonary infarct)

Case contributed by Dr Charlie Chia-Tsong Hsu


70 year old male presented with shortness of breath, pleuritic chest pain radiating to the back. Ememgency physician requested a CT aortogram for suspected aortic dissection.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male

CT thorax arterial phase shows pulmonary emboli in the right lateral and posterior basal segmental arteries. The lateral basal segmental artery is completely occluded and the posterior basal segmental artery nearly occluded. There is pulmonary infarction of the right lateral and posterior basal segments. In pulmonary infarction the rounded lucencies represent aerated pockets of acini and/or secondary pulmonary lobules within the hemorrhagic lung. Dr John Ayres, FRCR (Eng), cleverly coined the term “bubbly consolidation”.

Background findings of centrilobular/subpleural emphysema and congested cardiac failure with interstitial pulmonary edema and bilateral pleural effusion.

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Case information

rID: 18402
Published: 5th Jul 2012
Last edited: 23rd Jan 2020
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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