Cardiothoracic Imaging
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Image finding: Atelectasis, right upper lobe

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Follow-up radiograph


Right upper lobe atelectasis usually produces a wedge-like density adjacent to the right side of the upper spine and mediastinum on the frontal film. The trachea may be somewhat drawn to that side. Lung vasculature and markings of the right middle and right lower lobes stretch to fill the hemi-thorax resulting in an angulation of the right middle lobe fissure which pivots at the hilum where it is attached.



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