A 59 year old man presents with cough, haemoptysis, dyspnoea and fever for 3 days
Describe and interpret this CXR
CHEST X-RAY INTERPRETATION
There is airspace shadowing with air bronchograms in the left upper lobe. The right lung and pleural spaces are clear.
This is lobar pneumonia.
Most likely caused by Streptococcus pneumoniae.
The loss of the left heart border indicates that the LUL is affected.
Streptococcal pneumonia classically causes a ‘rusty brown‘ sputum which is commonly mistaken as haemoptysis.