Computed tomographic detection of cavitary lung lesion complicating use of flow-directed ballon-tipped catheter

Academic Article


  • A classic case of Swan-Ganz catheter-induced pulmonary infection was studied with both conventional chest radiography and computed tomography (CT). Chest radiography initially showed a fan-shaped opacity in the right middle lobe which later became somewhat rounded with no discernible cavitation. However, a cavitary lung lesion with a bulls-eye appearance was clearly demonstrated by CT. We speculate that such a cavitary lung lesion might be quite common in catheter-induced pulmonary infarction when CT is widely applied to such cases.
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  • Chest  Journal
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    Author List

  • Shin MS; Reeves RC; Ho KJ
  • Start Page

  • 432
  • End Page

  • 434
  • Volume

  • 96
  • Issue

  • 2