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Vol 84, No 6 (2016)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2016-12-07
Submitted: 2016-09-16
Accepted: 2016-11-07
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Unilateral hypertransparency on chest radiograph: the congenital Poland Syndrome

Ioannis Tomos, Andriana I. Papaioannou, Aikaterini Vlami, Vasiliki Apollonatou, Effrosyni D. Manali, Spyros A. Papiris
DOI: 10.5603/ARM.2016.0045
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Adv Respir Med 2016;84(6):342-343.

open access

Vol 84, No 6 (2016)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2016-12-07
Submitted: 2016-09-16
Accepted: 2016-11-07

Abstract

Unilateral hypertransparent hemithorax requires a particular diagnostic approach as it can be the result of diverse pulmonary diseases, including pneumothorax, large pulmonary embolus, unilateral large bullae, mucous plag, airway obstruction and contralateral pleural effusion. Congenital syndromes with chest wall abnormalities, are rare, but often underdiagnosed causes. Poland Syndrome consists of such a rare, congenital anomaly and is characterized by the absence of the pectoralis major muscle and upper limb ipsilateral abnormalities. We present a case of a patient with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and a unilateral hypertransparency on chest radiology, attributed to the underlying Poland Syndrome.

Abstract

Unilateral hypertransparent hemithorax requires a particular diagnostic approach as it can be the result of diverse pulmonary diseases, including pneumothorax, large pulmonary embolus, unilateral large bullae, mucous plag, airway obstruction and contralateral pleural effusion. Congenital syndromes with chest wall abnormalities, are rare, but often underdiagnosed causes. Poland Syndrome consists of such a rare, congenital anomaly and is characterized by the absence of the pectoralis major muscle and upper limb ipsilateral abnormalities. We present a case of a patient with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and a unilateral hypertransparency on chest radiology, attributed to the underlying Poland Syndrome.

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Keywords

chest wall, anatomy, congenital lesions

About this article
Title

Unilateral hypertransparency on chest radiograph: the congenital Poland Syndrome

Journal

Advances in Respiratory Medicine

Issue

Vol 84, No 6 (2016)

Pages

342-343

Published online

2016-12-07

DOI

10.5603/ARM.2016.0045

Bibliographic record

Adv Respir Med 2016;84(6):342-343.

Keywords

chest wall
anatomy
congenital lesions

Authors

Ioannis Tomos
Andriana I. Papaioannou
Aikaterini Vlami
Vasiliki Apollonatou
Effrosyni D. Manali
Spyros A. Papiris

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