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Retained fetal lung liquid in congenital lobar emphysema: a possible predictor of polyalveolar lobe.
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PMID:  8414757     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The purpose of this study was to determine whether retention of fetal lung liquid is more prevalent in polyalveolar congenital lobar emphysema than in conventional congenital lobar emphysema. Two patients with congenital lobar emphysema were prospectively identified in a 3-year period. Twenty-five such patients were identified in a retrospective study covering 39 years. Medical records were available for 22 patients who had 23 emphysematous lobes. Both babies from the prospective study and six subjects from the retrospective group had respiratory symptoms and underwent chest X-ray in the first day of life. Six of the eight babies with respiratory symptoms and chest imaging in the first day of life had retention of fetal lung liquid in an emphysematous lobe. All six of these lobes were polyalveolar. The lobe in one child was a polyalveolar lobe but without retained fetal lung liquid, and one child exhibited conventional lobar emphysema also without retained fetal lung liquid. One polyalveolar lobe caused no neonatal symptoms and was not imaged until the child was 3 months old. No baby with conventional lobar emphysema was shown to have retained fetal lung liquid. There seems to be a correlation between polyalveolar lobe and onset of respiratory symptoms in the first day of life. Retention of fetal lung liquid within the affected lobe was documented only in cases of polyalveolar lobe.
R H Cleveland; B Weber
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Pediatric radiology     Volume:  23     ISSN:  0301-0449     ISO Abbreviation:  Pediatr Radiol     Publication Date:  1993  
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1993-11-09     Completed Date:  1993-11-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0365332     Medline TA:  Pediatr Radiol     Country:  GERMANY    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  291-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Children's Hospital, Boston, MA.
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MeSH Terms
Infant, Newborn
Lung / pathology,  radiography*
Prospective Studies
Pulmonary Emphysema / congenital*,  pathology,  radiography*
Retrospective Studies

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