Pulmonary embolism with Hampton's hump

Case contributed by David Pryde


Right pleuritic pain and mild breathlessness.

Patient Data

Gender: Female

Convex right costophrenic consolidation suggestive of Hampton's hump (lung infarct).

CT confirms the presence of a lung infarct and shows bilateral pulmonary emboli.

Case Discussion

Hampton's hump refers to a dome-shaped, pleural-based opacification in the lung most commonly due to lung infarction from pulmonary embolism although it can also result from other causes of pulmonary infarction (e.g. vascular occlusion due to angioinvasive aspergillosis).

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