Large opaque hemithorax due to cardiomegaly and atelectasis.


Journal Article

We studied the clinical and radiologic features of five infants with a large opaque left hemithorax due to the combination of cardiomegaly and atelectasis. The causes of cardiomegaly were cardiomyopathy (two patients), congestive heart failure due to fluid overload, congenital mitral insufficiency, and idiopathic hypertrophic subaortic stenosis. In all five patients, there was initial total opacity of the left hemithorax with shift of the heart and mediastinum to the right due to the combination of cardiac enlargement and total lung collapse. The correct diagnosis may be suggested from conventional chest roentgenograms. Noninvasive supplementary studies, such as high-kilovolt roentgenography, fluoroscopy, esophagography, echocardiography, and radionuclide angiography, should be done for clarification.

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Cited Authors

  • Wellner, LJ; Kirks, DR; Merten, DF; Armstrong, BE

Published Date

  • July 1, 1985

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 78 / 7

Start / End Page

  • 805 - 809

PubMed ID

  • 3160119

Pubmed Central ID

  • 3160119

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1541-8243

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0038-4348

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00007611-198507000-00009


  • eng