Pleural effusion x-ray (left-sided)

This PA Chest X-Ray demonstrates a left sided pleural effusion. In this condition fluid collects between the parietal and visceral pleura and appears as a shadowy fluid level on the X-Ray with obliteration of the costophrenic angles. If you were to examine this patient they might be in respirator...
Authored By Rhys Clement on Friday 6th November 2009

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Rhys Clement
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Core / Specialist / Gp Trainee - New Royal Infirmary Edinburgh
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Posted almost 5 years ago
The poor quality is an indication that the condition of the patient is critical - AP films are most commonly performed when the patient is in extremis as portable films on the wards.... The quality is not as good as a departmental PA view - but the patien
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Tim Ritzmann
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Posted almost 8 years ago
It is also important to consider the implications of this x-ray. The most common cause of a unilateral pleural effusion is malignancy. This x-ray in conjunction with a focussed history should prompt a search for possible primary sites of malignancy.
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sukri nawi
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Medical Student
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Posted almost 5 years ago
poor quality of chest x-ray ..it's a bit rotated and this is done in AP view...that's all i can say about this other than left costophrenic angle obliteration
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kater kaiven
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Teacher - I'm Work in china
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Posted about 1 year ago
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