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Infected Cavitating Pulmonary Infarction.
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PMID:  21276286     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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The differential diagnosis of pulmonary cavitation is broad and the most common causes include infection and malignancy. Pulmonary thromboembolism is a common problem worldwide, with an estimated 650,000 cases in the United States annually. Pulmonary embolism does not usually lead to cavitation, given the dual blood supply of the lung; however cavitation is not unknown and may complicate 4 to 7% of all pulmonary infarctions. We present an elderly diabetic with coronary artery disease who presented with symptoms of a lung abscess. Reevaluation because of persistent unexplained breathlessness and radiologic non-response lead to the diagnosis of an infected sub-massive pulmonary embolism and infarction as the cause of cavitation. We discuss the common causes of pulmonary cavitation with special emphasis on embolism, the radiologic appearance of the same and its management.
Authors:
Srinivas Rajagopala; Uma Devaraj; George D'Souza
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-1-27
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory care     Volume:  -     ISSN:  0020-1324     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Jan 
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Created Date:  2011-1-31     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
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Nlm Unique ID:  7510357     Medline TA:  Respir Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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