Pulmonary Roentgenographic Finding of 83 Cases of Melioidosis in Srinagarind Hospital 269-276

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Vallop Laopaiboon
Jitjaroen Chaiyacum
Nittaya Chamadol
Patcharin Kittiwatanachod
Mondej Sookpranee
Paithoon Boonma


From January 1978 to October 1985, eighty-three patients who were correctly diagnosed as melioidosis, by evidence of positive culture of pseudomonas pseudomallei, in Srinagarind Hospital were investigated, concerning about pulmonary involvements of melioidosis, by appearance on roentgenographic findings.

There were 62 cases (74.7%) who had pulmonary involvements which were classified as following :

patchy, mottle, streaky infiltration         26 cases (31.3%)

multiple nodular infiltration                   20 cases (24.4%)

pleural effusion/pyopneumothorax                19 cases (22.9%)

cavity abscess                                     19 cases (22.9%)

T.B. like                                     16 cases (19.3%)

atelectasis/collapse                              12 cases (14.5%)

Furthermore, this study also revealed 8 cases of hilar node enlargement, 3 cases of consolidation, 3 cases of pneumonitis/pleuritis, 3 cases of pericardial effusion, 3 cases of mass/masses and a cases of calcification.


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