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Chest » General
Consolidation of the right lower lobe of lung
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Author(s) :
Ravi Kadasne, MD
 
Presentation A 15-year-old boy presents with fever and right sided chest pain. Chest radiographs were performed and the diagnosis was confirmed by ultrasound.
 
 
 
Caption: Frontal radiograph of the chest and magnified view of the right lower zone
Description: A peripheral opacity is noted in the right lateral lower zone.
 
 
 
Caption: Scan of the right lower chest
Description: An area of consolidated right lower lung is seen as indicated by arrows. A small pleural effusion is also noted.
 
 
 
Caption: Scan of the right lower chest
Description: This image shows that the echogenicity of the consolidated lung is similar to that of the liver and hence the terminology "hepatization of the lung". A normal air filled lung will produce acoustic shadowing preventing imaging of the lung tissues. A small pleural effusion is noted.
 
Differential Diagnosis Consolidation right lower lobe of lung
 
Final Diagnosis Consolidation right lower lobe of lung
 
Follow Up This patient was treated with antibiotics and a follow-up study showed complete resolution.
 
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