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Year : 2012  |  Volume : 29  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 83-84  

Luftsichel sign

1 Asthma Bhawan, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India
2 SMS Medical College and Hospital, Jaipur, Rajasthan, India

Date of Web Publication28-Jan-2012

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DOI: 10.4103/0970-2113.92373

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Singh S, Singh N, Tikkiwal S. Luftsichel sign. Lung India 2012;29:83-4

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A 60-year-old male smoker was admitted with the chief complaints of cough, dyspnea and loss of appetite and weight. Skiagram chest revealed a left hilar shadow and a band of hyperlucency outlining the arch of aorta [Figure 1]. The left lung volume was reduced. Higher imaging in the form of contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CECT) of the chest showed collapse of the left upper lobe with abrupt ending of the left upper lobe bronchus [Figure 2]. Flexible bronchoscopy revealed left upper lobe growth, which on histopathologic examination of the biopsy specimen proved to be small cell carcinoma.
Figure 1: Chest radiograph of the patient reveals left hilar shadow, left lung volume loss and a hyperlucent band along the arch of the aorta (arrows)

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Figure 2: Contrast-enhanced computed tomography chest mediastinal window at the level of arch of aorta shows collapse of left upper lobe with a shift of major fissure (thick arrow). The superior segment of the left lower lobe has hyperinflated and invaginated the medial part of left upper lobe (thin arrow)

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Q1. Can you name the radiologic sign?

Q2. Can you explain its occurrence?

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