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Tubercular round atelectasis: a rare case report.


Rounded atelectasis of the lung was first described by Loeschke in 1928 in association with pleural effusion. [1] Rounded atelectasis is atelectasis of a peripheral part of the lung, due to pleural adhesions and fibrosis that cause deformation of the lung and torsion of some small bronchi. Other names for this condition are Blesovsky's syndrome, Helical atelectasis, Folded lung, Pleuroma, Atelectatic pseudotumour, Shrinking pleuritis and pulmonary pseudotumour. It has a yearly incidence of 5-15 cases/100,000 people. The most common cause of rounded atelectasis is occupational exposure to mineral dusts: asbestosis, pneumoconiosis, inhalation of mixed mineral dusts. [2]; however, any cause of pleural inflammation can cause round atelectasis. Rounded atelectasis is less common in pulmonary diseases directly affecting pleura such as in legionellosis, histoplasmosis and in patients with end-stage renal disease. Atelectasis may also occur in the course of sarcoidosis and in young adults without history of pulmonary disease. [3] In our case, it was tubercular in origin.


A 48 years old female came with chief complaints of cough and right-sided chest pain since 3 weeks and fever since 2 weeks.

Chest X-ray postero-anterior view showed homogeneous round opacity in right lower zone with blunting of right costophrenic angles (Fig. 1 and 2). A CT chest was done, which revealed a pleural-based opacity of 5 cm size with bronchovascular markings converging to it with pleural thickening (Fig. 3 and 4). A diagnosis of round atelectasis was made. CT guided biopsy of the mass was done, which showed granulomatous inflammation with caseous necrosis (Fig. 5). Hence, Tubercular aetiology was confirmed. Pt was treated with Anti-Tuberculosis therapy for 6 months and patient improved both clinically and radiologically. Fig. 6 and 7 shows post-treatment X-ray and CT respectively.









Round atelectasis is a form of peripheral atelectasis size of which varies from 2.5 to 8 cm in diameter on chest X-ray. [4] Doyle and Lawlers have proposed seven criteria for the diagnosis of RA. [5] The diagnosis is usually based on the presence of the classical radiological triad of round mass abutting the pleura, converging bronchovascular markings and pleural thickening adjacent to the mass. [6] In our case, all these findings were present in the CT.


Round atelectasis is a rare CT finding and often misdiagnosed as mass lesion. Bronchogenic carcinoma is a very close differential diagnosis. Proper examination of CT scan can easily differentiate mass lesion from round atelectasis. Asbestosis is the most common cause of round atelectasis, but patient should also be evaluated for other less common cause like Tuberculosis, especially in our country where prevalence of Tuberculosis is high.


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[3.] Tetikkurt C, Tetikkurt S, Ozdemir I, et al. Round atelectasis in sarcoidosis. Multidiscip Respir Med 2011;6(3):180-82.

[4.] Szydlowski GW, Cohn HE, Steiner RM, et al. Rounded atelectasis: a pulmonary psuedotumor. Ann Thorac Surg 1992;53(5):817-21.

[5.] Doyle TC, Lawler GA. CT features of rounded atelectasis of the lung. AJR 1984;143(2):225-8.

[6.] Partap VA. The comet tail sign. Radiology 1999;213(2): 553-4.

Hasnani Rikin Bahadurbhai (1), Venkateswara Reddy Tummuru (2), Pradyut Waghray (3), A. N. V. Koteswara Rao (4), P. Krishna Chaitanya (5)

(1) Final Year Post Graduate Student, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SVS Medical College and Hospital, Mahabubnagar.

(2) aAssistant Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SVS Medical College and Hospital, Mahabubnagar.

(3) Professor and HOD, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SVS Medical College and Hospital, Mahabubnagar.

(4) Associate Professor, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SVS Medical College and Hospital, Mahabubnagar.

(5) Final Year Post Graduate Student, Department of Pulmonary Medicine, SVS Medical College and Hospital, Mahabubnagar.

Financial or Other, Competing Interest: None.

Submission 03-06-2016, Peer Review 08-07-2016, Acceptance 13-07-2016, Published 21-07-2016.

Corresponding Author:

Dr. Hasnani Rikin Bahadurbhai, House No. 5-8-42/905, C-Block, Nandanam Apartment, Near Medwin Hospital, Nampally, Hyderabad-500001.


DOI: 10.14260/jemds/2016/925
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Title Annotation:Case Report
Author:Bahadurbhai, Hasnani Rikin; Tummuru, Venkateswara Reddy; Waghray, Pradyut; Rao, A.N.V. Koteswara; Ch
Publication:Journal of Evolution of Medical and Dental Sciences
Article Type:Clinical report
Date:Jul 21, 2016
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