Right lower lobe collapse

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard


Shortness of breath

Patient Data

Age: Elderly
Gender: Male

Chest x-ray

Chest x-ray demonstrates complete collapse of the right lower lobe, with obliteration of the silhouette of the right hemidiaphragm on both PA and lateral projections. There is shift of the mediastinum and trachea to the right, and elevation of the hemithorax. 

Annotated image

Annotated x-rays

The collapsed right lower lobe (orange arrows) result in a triangular opacity in the posterior medial part of the right hemithorax. The right hemidiaphragmatic outline is lost (blue dashed line). 

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Case information

rID: 15328
Published: 9th Oct 2011
Last edited: 24th Dec 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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