45 year old male presents confused and hypoxaemic
Describe and interpret this CXR
CHEST X-RAY INTERPRETATION
There is complete white out of the left lung with air bronchograms in the mid zone, caused by pneumonia and a smaller patch of consolidation in the right mid zone.
*see CXR case 008 to compare
There is no collapse in this case.
The trachea and right heart border remain in the normal position.
Severity of pneumonia is mot measured by the degree of consolidation on CXR or CT – its the physiological response to the hypoxaemia and sepsis syndrome that dictate management.