Bronchiectasis - Thoracic Imaging


Title: Thoracic Imaging - Bronchiectasis
Diagnosis: Bronchiectasis
Author: Martins Martina
Comment: Howarth Nigel
Hospital: HUG
Department: Département de Radiologie
State: Terminée
Date: 21.03.2003
: 3360
KeyWords: Bronchus; bronchiectasis; dyspnea
Anatomy: Thorax
Chapter: Obstructive disease
ACR: 60.26


Clinical Presentation: Cough and copious sputumproduction.
Comment: CT has replaced bronchography in the diagnosis ofbronchiectasis.
Typical findings include tubular images with aclear centre, known as "tram line " and
"signet-ring" signs(difference in diameter between the dilated bronchus and theadjacent
pulmonary artery). The most common causes ofbronchiectasis include infections
(Tuberculosis, viral orbacterial), cystic fibrosis, alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency,allergic
bronchopneumonic aspergillosis, Kartagenerís syndrome,agammaglobulinemia, and
conditions associated with connectivetissue diseases or inflammatory bowel diseases.
Description: The frontal and lateral chest X-rays show a sub-hilarperibronchial
thickening. Bronchial dilatation is suspected on thelateral chest X-ray. CT images show
multiple areas ofbronchiectasis combined with bronchial wall thickening.
Enlargedmediastinal and right hilar lymph nodes are present.


Order: 0
Dislocation: 0
Polytrauma: 0
Open: 0
Pathologic: 0
Operation: 00.00.00
Graft: 0


References: Barker AF. Bronchiectasis. N Engl J Med2002;346:1383-93. Grenier
PA, Beigelman-Aubry C, Fétita C, PrêtreuxF, Brauner MW, Lenoir S. New frontiers in
imaging of the airways.Eur Radiol 2002;12:1022-1044.

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