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Tuberculosis, cavity





Follow-up radiograph

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In this PA chest film the infiltrate at the right base is obvious. Close examination may suggest that there is a mottled lucency within the infiltrate but it is much more clearly obvious on the CT scan that there is evidence of cavitation. That cavitation should always bring to mind tuberculosis as the infection of first choice, although there are other infectious processes such as fungal organisms, and even non-infectious causes such as Wegener's granulomatosis that can produce cavitation.


 

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