Caceres’ Corner Case 186 (Update: Solution!)

Dear Friends,

Today I am presenting routine radiographs of a 77-year-old man with previous history of carcinoma of the bladder ten years ago. What do you see?
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    Jun 2018
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    18 Responses to : Caceres’ Corner Case 186 (Update: Solution!)

    1. Lucretius says:

      Good morning, professor!! We see an hipertransparency in left lung with reduction of the hilar vessels. Tumoral embolism? Does the patient have any respiratory symptoms?


      • Jose Caceres says:

        This was a routine examination. The patient was asymptomatic. Not only the left lung but the whole left hemithorax and shoulder are blacker than the opposite one. This is due to technical factors and it is a common cause of apparent hyperlucent lung.

    2. Borsuk says:

      Hello dear professor,
      finding are following:
      – gas under right diaphragm – seems as colonic interposition as in Chilaiditi syndrome – lack of symptoms and rugal folds within
      – one of lower thoracic vertebral body seems dense on lateral view – could be superimosition effect of diagphragm but in setting of previous history of carcinoma I take also consideration of ivory vertebra

    3. ana says:

      Hello dear professor!
      finding are:
      1. Air under diaphragm, more like Chilaidit syndrome;
      2. Both Hilum are coarse;
      3. Right lung — between 4 and 5 rib is round shape dens lesion (MTS?)
      4. In the later view one thoracic vertebra body is dense;
      5. Right 6 rib and left 5 rib have round shape lucent areas.

    4. Trinity says:

      Hello sir.
      The patient is rotated to left. There is dextroscoliosis of dorsal spine. Air is seen under the right hemidiaphragm – ?chiladiti.
      Increased density is seen along the left 7th and 8th ribs on lateral aspect. – ?mets
      There is bilateral apical pleural thickening with increased density along the right paratracheal stripe which may be due to rotation.

    5. MK says:


      The thorax doesn´t have relevants findings but I agree with Borsuk about the high density of the dorsal vertebrae presents in the lateral view (“ivory vertebra”), so osseous metastasis is my first option

    6. Jose Caceres says:

      A suggestion to all of you: review Diploma case 43. It may help 🙂

    7. Katarzyna says:

      Good Morning Prof!

      There is an opacity in the apex of the right lung, needs further diagnostic in CT.

    8. Renan Brandão Rambaldi Cavalheiro says:

      Good evening Doctor! In my opinion, the clavicles are asymmetrical. Maybe there is a sclerotic lesion in the left one?

      Also, I think there is a mass between the 4th and 5th ribs in the right lung apex. Greetings from Brazil!

      • Jose Caceres says:

        Welcome to the blog. Hope Brazil team has the same accuracy in their goals that you have with the diagnosis!

    9. Genchi bari says:

      ….opacità’ apice polmonare dx in sede paramediastinica…..ciao mitico Professore..

    10. Ren says:

      soft tissue density is seen along the left 6th and 7th ribs ?mets
      Increased density of lower thoracic vertebra . There is a soft tissue lesion in right paraspinal location at t11-12 level. This may be Mets with associated soft tissue. However since the soft tissue is intervertebral in location I would also like to consider spondylodiscitis.
      There is bilateral apical pleural thickening .

    11. PG says:

      Rounded opacity in the right retrocardiac paravertebral region just above the cardiophrenic angle. Also seen in the lateral veiw posteriorly overlapping the vertebral body and the right dome of diaphragm. In view of past history of bladder Carcinoma, patient needs CT Chest for further characterisation of the lesion..

    12. Katarzyna says:

      Thank You very much 🙂

    13. Kra says:

      Pls comment on the opacity protected over the left diaphragm. Seems intra thoracic on lateral view