Finger in glove sign (lung)

The finger in glove sign can be seen on either a chest radiograph or CT chest and refers to the characteristic sign of a bronchocoele. The same appearance has also been referred to as:



In bronchial obstruction, the portion of the bronchus distal to the obstruction is dilated with the presence of mucous secretions (mucus plugging). Causes of bronchial obstruction include:


Causes include 4:


Article information

rID: 5913
System: Chest
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Finger in glove appearance
  • Finger-in-glove sign
  • Rabbit ear appearance
  • Y-shaped opacities
  • V-shaped opacities
  • Gloved finger sign
  • Finger in glove sign

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Cases and figures

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