Interstitial edema - lung ultrasound

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


C/o Abdominal pain, Fever. Referred for chest radiograph and ultrasound.

Patient Data

Age: about 75 yrs
Gender: Male

USG abdomen Cirrhosis, Bilateral increased renal cortical echogenisity, enlarged prostate.

Bilateral lung base ultrasound images show multiple vertical echogenic artifacts.

No effusion / consolidation is noted on either side. 


Patient was in ICU after 1st scan. He recovered and came back for follow up 1 wk later. Now asymptomatic.

Absence of previously seen multiple echogenic artifacts on both sides of lung base.

Case Discussion

During 1st study, patient came after voiding for measurement of post void residual urine volume. He had breathlessness. Chest radiograph was suggested but radiography machine was out of order. 

USG for chest was done, which showed vertical echogenic lines - interstitial pattern.

Follow up scan after 1 wk. Patient had free from shortness of breath at that time and previously visualized USG findings were absent.

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Case information

rID: 35793
Published: 3rd May 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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