CXR Case 056

A 77 year old man with known COPD presents with an acute exacerbation not responding to oral corticosteroids and antibiotics. He has lost 5 kg in the last 4 months.

CXR CASE 056 CXR LITFL

Describe and interpret this CXR

CHEST X-RAY INTERPRETATION

Both long fields are overinflated with flattened diaphragms.
There is a tumor in the right upper lobe with associated right hilar adenopathy.


CLINICAL CORRELATION

This man has COPD and likely lung cancer.
Once stable he requires a staging CT chest.


CLINICAL PEARLS

Endobronchial ultrasound (EBUS) allows safe, directed sampling of most mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes.

When treatment options are dependent on the stage of lung cancer, EBUS provides pathological staging and diagnosis in one bronchoscopy.


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Prof Fraser Brims Curtin Medical School, acute and respiratory medicine specialist, immediate care in sport doc, ex-Royal Navy, academic| Top 100 CXR | Google Scholar |

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