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Friday, February 10, 2012

Posttraumatic Anomalous Pulmonary Edema.

Posttraumatic Anomalous Pulmonary Edema.

Feb 2012


*Department of Radiology and Imaging Sciences, Emory University, Atlanta, GA †Mallinckrodt Institute of Radiology, Washington University School of Medicine, St. Louis, MO.


Focal pulmonary edema from increased venous hydrostatic pressure is most commonly seen in mitral valve regurgitation (in the right upper lobe) or in pulmonary venous obstruction/compression from neoplastic, fibrotic, or iatrogenic causes (in any lobe). We describe a case of focal pulmonary edema of the left upper lobe in a patient with partial anomalous pulmonary venous return of the left superior pulmonary vein, where the draining left brachiocephalic vein was compressed by a subluxed sternoclavicular joint after trauma. In this case, recognition of the focal edema and anomalous pulmonary vein allowed for a diagnosis of clavicular subluxation.

Lippincott, Williams, Wilkins

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