Trapped lung

Case contributed by Dr Eric F Greif

Presentation

Chronic pleural effusion.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male
X-ray

Chest radiographs

Status post pleural catheter placement and pleural effusion drainage. Post evacuation chest x-ray demonstrates removal of the fluid with a trapped right middle and lower lobe. Notice how the prior pre evacuation pleural effusion causing passive atelectasis mimics the shape of post-evacuation. 

Case Discussion

This is also known as a tethered lung - a lung that following drainage of the pleural space does not fully re-expand.

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Case information

rID: 25782
Published: 7th Nov 2013
Last edited: 29th Dec 2018
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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