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.
- Chest radiograph
- Pleural fluid accumulation
- Post-operative chest radiograph
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging