Matched ventilation-perfusion defect from a pleural effusion: Prone positioning reveals normal perfusion

Mark Tulchinsky, Lucas M. DeJohn

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Pleural effusions in patients suspected of pulmonary thromboembolism can result in abnormalities on ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy. Often the cause of ventilation-perfusion scintigraphy abnormality is attenuation of lung activity by the effusion, which causes matched defects. Imaging in the prone position can move a free-flowing effusion, exposing true underlying perfusion. This useful maneuver has been reported previously to convert "indeterminate probability" to "low probability" scan. This report offers a more detailed description of the prone maneuver in a case where repositioning revealed underlying normal perfusion in an area with a previous matched defect-improving clinical usefulness of the scan.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)407-410
Number of pages4
JournalClinical nuclear medicine
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1 2008


All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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