Lung Point Case 2

A 32 year old woman presents to hospital with right sided chest pain and shortness of breath after falling of her bicycle.

What does the ultrasound show?


Reveal Answer

Two rounded ribs with posterior shadowing lie above the horizontal pleural line.

The lung’s visceral pleural surface can be seen sliding against the chest wall’s parietal pleural surface on the left of the image.

Right side of image: The lung is separated from the chest wall by the pneumothorax, sliding is lost.

The junction between the sliding and non sliding sections is called the lung point and confirms pneumothorax.


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