White-out right hemithorax - malignant pleural effusion

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


Increasing shortness of breath - obvious advanced (neglected) right breast malignancy.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Female

Large right pleural effusion with the displacement of the mediastinal structures to the right. 

Large distorted right breast cancer.

Case Discussion

The key to plain film findings in hemithorax white-out (i.e. mediastinum displaced away = effusion, displacement towards = lung collapse).

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Case information

rID: 19939
Published: 24th Oct 2012
Last edited: 26th Nov 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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