A 43 yo lady presents with pleuritic chest pain and cough. She is hypotensive, warm and dilated peripherally.
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Describe and interpret this CXR
CHEST X-RAY INTERPRETATION
There is diffuse consolidation in the left lower lung field.
*The left heart border and the diaphragm are maintained (allowing for overlying bowel markings and gas)
Lateral CXR Interpretation:
This lateral X-ray demonstrated lobar consolidation of the apical segment of the left lower lobe
This is lobar pneumonia with systemic sepsis.
The radiological appearances of lobar versus more diffuse consolidation do not reliably distinguish between different pathogenic microorganisms.
*While CT chest undeniably offers greater resolution and ability to anatomically define lesions, in most cases it is not routinely indicated over and above the humble CXR.
*Indications for CT in the context of pneumonia would include concern with possible complications, such as development of parapneumonic effusion, haemoptysis or cavitation.