CXR Case 135

41 year old lady has a routine pre-op CXR (gotta love the olden days).

CXR CASE 135 CXR LITFL

Describe and interpret this CXR

CHEST X-RAY INTERPRETATION

There is an azygos lobe visible in the right upper zone.
Normal parenchyma and pleura.


CLINICAL CORRELATION

An azygos lobe is a rare variant of normal anatomy, seen in approximately 1-2% of the population.
The clinical importance of an azygos lobe is that it can become consolidated with infection and mimic a lung mass.


CLINICAL PEARLS

The azygos lobe is not a true accessory lobe as it does have its own bronchus or bronchopulmonary segment.
It is formed by the right posterior cardinal vein (embryological precursor to the azygos vein) passing through the right upper lobe, rather than over the surface of the lobe.


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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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