A 16 years old male presents with rapidly developing bilateral pleural effusion. The following chest radiograph was taken in the emergency. All are correct interpretations about this radiograph except:
Pneumothorax is present
Bilateral intercostal chest tubes are present in correct place
Mediastinum is shifted
Left sided pleural effusion is present
Ans: A. Pneumothorax is present
- The chest X-ray above is showing bilateral intercostal chest drainage tubes in place with the mediastinum shadow slightly shifted to the right.
- As the patient is having an intercostal chest tube in place, it is unlikely that he will develop a pneumothorax.
- There is pleural effusion on the left side which is likely contributing to the mediastinal shift to the right.