Congenital lobar overinflation

Case contributed by Dr Jeremy Jones


Term infant. Increased work of breathing.

Patient Data

Age: 2 weeks
Gender: Male

There is hyperlucency and overinflation of the left upper lobe.

Case Discussion

This child has congenital lobar overinflation. The left upper lobe is the most commonly involved and as a result of air-trapping, the lobe becomes progressively overinflated. Mass effect on local structures causes progressive clinical deterioration.

Clinical deterioration resulted in the need to excise the left upper lobe which was pathologically confirmed as congenital lobar overinflation.

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Case information

rID: 27202
Published: 23rd Jan 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Paediatrics
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