Elisa Calabrò1*, Lucia Trotta1, Mariangela Nivuori1, Lisa Serati1, Agnese Massafra1, Michaela Cellina3, Aurora Smeriglia1, Enrica Negro2, Lucio Macchi2, Lisa Longo1, Antonio Comi1, Daniela Montori1, Giancarlo Oliva3 and Antonio Brucato1
1Department of Biomedical and Clinical Sciences, University of Milan, Italy 2Department of Orthopedics, Fate Bene Fratelli Hospital, ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco, Milano, Italy 3Department of Radiology, Fate Bene Fratelli Hospital, ASST Fatebenefratelli Sacco, Milano, ItalyFulltext PDF
The standard for diagnosis of SARS-CoV-2 virus is reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction test, but chest CT may play a complimentary role in the diagnostic algorithm. A diversity of interesting CT imaging features was found but lung cavitations or abscess were described as rare pattern, and for this reason labeled as atypical. In this study we describe six confirmed cases of COVID-19 subjects which developed lung cavitations, out of 45 studied patients (13.3%). CT scan was performed on average 27 days after admissions, and all the patients have been previously intubated. Our findings are remarkable because lung cavitations in COVID-19 patients have been described very rarely so far.
Lung cavitation; COVID-19; CT; SARS-CoV-2
Calabrò E, Trotta L, Nivuori M, Serati L, Massafra A, Cellina M, et al. Atypical CT Pattern in COVID-19 Infection: Are Lung Cavitations Really Uncommon?. Ann Clin Case Rep. 2020; 5: 1899..