Test Findings
 

Tracheal Deviation

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Overview

    • Look For

    • Deviation of the trachea from the midline to either side.
    • Causes of Tracheal Deviation

    • Volume loss - lobectomy, pneumonectomy, significant atelectasis
    • Volume expansion - tension pneumothorax, large pleural effusion
    • Interpretation

    • Tracheal deviation toward the affected side - occurs due to volume loss
    • Tracheal deviation away from the affected side - occurs due to volume expansion
    • Example

    • Tracheal deviation away from a large pneumothorax.
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      Tracheal deviation away from a large pneumothorax.
       
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