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Traumatic pseudocyst of the lung following blunt trauma to the chest
  1. Akshay Nanaji Desale1,
  2. Padma Vikram Badhe2,
  3. Megha Gireesan Nair1 and
  4. Chaitanya Dilip Rane1
  1. 1Radiology, KEM Hospital and Seth GS Medical College, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
  2. 2Radiodiagnosis, Seth GS Medical College and KEM Hospital, Mumbai, India
  1. Correspondence to Dr Akshay Nanaji Desale; akshaydesale{at}


Traumatic pseudocysts of the lung are a rare complication following blunt trauma to the chest. Differentiating them from other cystic lesions of the lung is important. Traumatic pseudocysts usually occur in children and young adults who present with haemoptysis and persistent pain. History of trauma and radiological evaluation with a chest radiograph and a CT scan help in making the diagnosis. Follow-up chest radiographs showing resolution of the pseudocyst can confirm thediagnostic confirmation. This is a report of one such patient, a young man who improved after conservative treatment, with spontaneous radiological resolution of the pseudocyst.

  • radiology
  • pneumomediastinum
  • trauma

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  • Contributors PVB was involved in the first and critical revisions of data and final approval. AND was involved in writing the first draft of the manuscript. CDR was involved in the interpretation of radiological images and obtaining follow-up. MGN drafted the article.

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  • Competing interests None declared.

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