Lung Point Case 4

A tall and thin 18 year old male presents with pleuritic chest pain and mild shortness of breath.

What does the ultrasound show?

Reveal Answer
  • Left side of image: the lung surface is touching the chest wall and lung sliding can be seen.
  • Right side of image: typical ultrasound features of pneumothorax
  • The junction between the normal sliding lung and the still pneumothorax is called the lung point.

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