Carcinoid tumor causing complete atelectasis left lung

Case contributed by Stefan Tigges

Presentation

Cough and shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Female

Complete atelectasis left lung with right lung hyperexpansion.

Complete atelectasis left lung due to occlusion left main bronchus. Hyperinflation right lung with mild patchy basilar opacity, likely atelectasis. No adenpathy or pleural effusion.

Surgical pathology confirms left main bronchial mass with final diagnosis of carcinoid.

Case Discussion

Carcinoid tumors often occur within bronchi, causing bronchial obstruction and subsequent atelectasis. In this case, there was marked hyperinflation of the right lung.

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