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Thursday, November 12, 2009

Patchy Consolidation, often Bilateral, was the Most Common Chest X-ray Finding Associated with A(H1N1) Infection?

In a recent study done on 66 out of 222 patients with A(H1N1) from May to July 2009 at a hospital in Michigan, who also had chest radiography findings done as part of the clinical work-up, it was found that the

  • initial radiograph was abnormal in 28 of the 66 patients (42%)
  • with patchy consolidation in 14 out of these 28 (50%)
  • ground-glass opacities in 7 out of 28 (25%), and
  • ground-glass opacities mixed with consolidation in 7 (25%)
  • the abnormalities were bilateral in 20 of the 28 patients (71%)
  • located in the lower lung zones in 20 (71%), and
  • diffuse in 7 (25%).

In short, these results suggest that H1N1-associated chest x-ray abnormalities tend to be dependent (i.e., in the lower lungs) and patchy consolidation, often bilateral, was the most common finding chest X-ray finding. Nevertheless, much of its mechanism remain unknown pending further larger studies.

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I just want to mention that some of the H1N1 pneumonia patients I have seen had confirmed by sputum a secondary bacterial infiltrate to complicate the picture.

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Priyanka Thakur said...

In the report of my father's chest X-ray...
"Pachy consoliddation lung mid lower zone" is written...
my question is...
is this harmful??
have any life risk from this??
kindly tell me...
I'm in tension..
anybody help me pls.... :(

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