Fluid-containing bullae in the lung

James W. Leatherman, Frank M. McDonald, Dennis E. Niewohner

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Eight patients had air-fluid levels in the lung as a result of fluid accumulation in preexisting bullae. In four cases the cause was peribullous pneumonitis; in the other four cases the cause could not be determined. All patients had a favorable clinical course while intrabullous fluid was present. The initial interpretation of air-fluid levels was correct in only two instances. Differentiation of fluid-containing bullae from other causes of air-fluid levels is important so that unnecessary diagnostic and therapeutic maneuvers can be avoided.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)708-710
Number of pages3
JournalSouthern Medical Journal
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1985

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