Staphlococcal chest infection

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones


Increasing shortness of breath. Green sputum production.

Patient Data

Age: 55
Gender: Male

Increased opacification in the right upper lobe.


Right upper lobe collapse with volume loss and cavity formation.

Case Discussion

Increased right upper lobe opacification on the chest radiograph subsequently confirmed on the CT.  Collapse with volume loss and interspersed areas of cavitation, particularly at the apex.

Bronchoscopy and washings confirmed an infective etiology: Staph. aureus.

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Case information

rID: 14435
Published: 25th Jul 2011
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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