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Images in thorax
Unilateral vanishing lung syndrome
  1. Marco Anile1,
  2. Daniele Diso1,
  3. Ilaria Onorati1,
  4. Sara Mantovani1,
  5. Federico Venuta1,2
  1. 1Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Rome Sapienza, Rome, Italy
  2. 2Eleonora Lorillard Spencer Cenci Foundation, University of Rome Sapienza, Rome, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Marco Anile, Department of Thoracic Surgery, University of Rome Sapienza, Policlinico Umberto I, Viale del Policlinico 155, Rome 00161, Italy; marco.anile{at}

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A 14-year-old boy was admitted with mild right chest pain, exercise dyspnoea and occasional palpitations. There was no smoking history. There was no past medical history of recurrent chest infections. The physical examination revealed an absence of breath sounds and hyper-resonance of the right hemithorax. A chest X-ray showed unilateral massive bullous disease with radiolucency of right lung and flattening of the right hemidiaphragm (figure 1A). The high-resolution chest CT scan confirmed …

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