Pneumonia Case 004

A patient presents with fever, cough and purulent sputum. What do you see?

Reveal Answer

There is a well defined patch of consolidation against the posterior chest wall. It is localised and examination elsewhere only reveals normal lung.

Where consolidation abuts an interlobar fissure the consolidation / air interface is linear. Otherwise it tends to be irregular and the echogenic interface has a shredded appearance.

This is the patient’s CXR

Pneumonia CXR

Case provided by Leanne Hartnett.


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