Right upper lobe collapse (rotated)

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones


Shortness of breath and productive cough for several days.

Patient Data

Age: 62
Gender: Female

The film is rotated to the right and underinspired.

No ECG monitoring. NG tube tip is too high and the tip is likely within the distal oesophagus.

There is increased density in the apical and right upper zones with elevation of the horizontal fissure. Features here are of right upper lobe collapse.

Annotated image

The medial ends of the clavicles (blue) are clearly not equidistant from the midline denoted by the spinous processes (dashed yellow line). The trachea is displaced to the right, but the degree of displacement is consistent with the amount of rotation.

Case Discussion

Assessment of rotation is important when reviewing a chest x-ray. In this case, the tracheal position is secondary to rotation rather than being displaced by a pathological process.

The patient has right upper lobe collapse with reduced lung volume on the right and elevation of the horizontal fissure.

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Case information

rID: 32573
Case created: 3rd Dec 2014
Last edited: 12th Sep 2015
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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