Lung cavity/abscess

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Lung cavity/abscess

  • Lung cavities can be caused by disease processes other than infection – read more about lung cavities
  • This patient has a lung cavity which was initially thought to be a cancer but which disappeared after a course of antibiotics
  • This cavity was, therefore, correctly termed a 'lung abscess'

Lung abscess with gas/fluid level

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Lung abscess with gas/fluid level

  • This patient had a history of breast cancer – (it would be unusual for a metastatic breast lesion to cavitate)
  • The cavity was an abscess which arose due to the patient being immunocompromised by chemotherapy drugs
  • A fluid level represents a collection of pus in the abscess