Chest Radiology > Pathology > Pulmonary Hemorrhage


Pulmonary
Hemorrhage

Pulmonary hemorrhage has an appearance like that of other airspace filling processes (pneumonia, edema) which have opacity often with air bronchograms.  It is caused by trauma, Goodpastrue's syndrome, bleeding disorders, high altitude, and mitral stenosis.  Blood fills the bronchi and eventually the alveoli.  Pulmonary hemorrhage is notable in that it may clear more quickly than other alveolar densities such as pneumonia.

 

PA and Lateral films of a patient with right upper lobe hemorrhage.  Notice the large pleural effusion in the left hemithorax.

 

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