Radiographic evaluation of the pleural fluid accumulation rate after pneumonectomy

Reginald F. Munden, Paul J. O'Sullivan, Ping Liu, Ara A. Vaporciyan

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Abstract

Purpose: Understanding the radiographic appearance and normal rate of fluid accumulation after pneumonectomy is important in order to detect postoperative complications. Methods: Upright posterior-anterior chest radiographs of 94 postpneumonectomy patients were assessed for the rate of pleural fluid accumulation as a percentage of hemithorax volume. Results: Overall median time to 70% hemithoracic opacification was 3. days and mean time was 27. days. The median time to 100% opacification was 66. days and mean time was 96. days. Conclusion: The median time to 70% hemithoracic opacification postpneumonectomy is 3. days, while median time to 100% opacification was 66. days.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)247-250
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
Volume39
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2015

Keywords

  • Chest radiograph
  • Pleural fluid accumulation
  • Post-operative chest radiograph
  • Postpneumonectomy

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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