Tracheobronchial aspiration observed during ventilation perfusion lung scanning

R. Wasserstrom, Mark Tulchinsky

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A 49-year-old man with a history of athetoid cerebral palsy, cervical spondylosis, and swallowing dysfunction underwent an anterior decompressive cordectomy and spinal fusion of C4 through C6. Approximately 1 month following surgery, the patient experienced acute shortness of breath and ventilation-perfusion lung imaging was performed to rule out pulmonary embolus. The Tc-99m DTPA aerosol ventilation scan demonstrated tracheobronchial aspiration and correlated well with the patient's subsequent development of aspiration pneumonia and the adult respiratory distress syndrome.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)240-242
Number of pages3
JournalClinical nuclear medicine
Issue number3
StatePublished - Jan 1 1994

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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