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Respiratory System
Congenital Disorders
Acquired Disorders

Cardiovascular System

Thoracic Neuroblastoma

Non Accidental Injury

Thoracic Wall

1. Chest Wall

Ribs ± 12 pairs (1st , 11th and 12th ribs atypical)

Costal cartilages
Intercostals ± 3 pairs (external, internal, innermost)
Vertebrae ± Th1 ± Th12
Sternum ± 3 parts (manubrium, body, xiphoid)

2. Diaphragm (Fibromuscular Structure)

Central Tendon
Muscular Fibres Peripherally

3. Thoracic Inlet
Thoracic Cavity

Rt lung (3 lobes ± 10 bronchopulmonary segments)
Lt lung (2 lobes ± 10 bronchopulmonary segments)


Superior (Great Vessels, Trachea, Nerves)
Anterior (Thymus)
Middle (Pericardium, Heart)
Posterior (Descending Aorta, Oesophagus, Thoracic Duct, Azygos, Thoracic Sympathetic Trunk)
Thoracic Cavity
Heart and Large Vessels
Normal CXR
Abnormal findings


Reticuloar Shadowing
Nodular Shadowing
Cystic Lesion

Pericardial Effusion


Extra Thoracic

Imaging in Paediatrics

Difficulties in acquiring Images

Uncooperative patient
Phase of respiration

Difficulties in Interpretation

Anatomical Variation

- Õ n be very prominent on r iogr phy up to

5 ye rs of ge

- Begins to become sm ller rel tive to the

chestby the en of the 1st ec e

- Sh pe c n be very v ri ble

- Ultr sonogr phy emonstr tes echogenic

sept e, which c n be helpful in ientifying
ectopic thymus

- Differenti l i gnosis
(i.e. other c uses of nterior mei stin l m sses)

1. Lymphom (commonest)
2. Ter tom
. Thymic Õyst
4. LÕ
Õongenit l Respir tory Disorers
Pulmon ry Agenesis / ypopl si
Bronchi l Atresi
Õongenit l Di phr gm tic erni s
Õongenit l Lob r Emphysem
Sequestr tion
Bronchogenic Õyst
Õongenit l Di phr gm tic erni s
- Incidence = 1:3000
- M : F = 1:1
- L : R = 5-9:1
- Presents with severe respiratory distress in neonates, scaphoid
abdomen, less severe cases may present later in life or incidentally on
- Associated with other anomalies in 20%
- Types: Bochdalek, Morgagni, Septum Transversum defect, Hiatal
hernia, Eventration
- Usually a posterior defect in the diaphragm (Bochdalek)
- Complicaions: Bilateral pulmonary hypoplasia, Persistent fetal
- Radiography : Appearance depends on hernia contents
Bowel loops in the chest
Contralateral shift of mediastinum
Compressed Lug
Decreased bowel gas in abdomen
Abnormal position of NGT
Õongenit l Õystic Aenom toi M lform tio n

- Cause: arrest of normal bronchoalveolar differentiation with

overgrowth of terminal bronchioles
- Incidence: 25% of congenital lung disorders
- M:F = 1:1
- Presents with respiratory distress and sever cyanosis, recurrent
- Equal frequency in all lobes
-Imaging appearance depends on type:
Type 1: 1 or more large (2-10cm) cysts
Type 2: numerous small cysts of uniform size
Type 3: appears solid on gross inspection and imaging but
has microcysts
- Most CCAMs confined to one lobe
-Cysts typically contain air ± communicate with bronchi at birth
- Can appear as a solid mass: CCAM type 3, Fluid not yet cleared from
Õongenit l Lob r Emphysem

- Idiopathic, congenital, progressive over-distension of one/multiple

pulmonary lobes
- Classic imaging appearance: hyperlucent, hyperexpanded lobe
- Lobar prediliction: Left upper lobe in 43%
- Presents with respiratory distress and progressive cyanosis
- M:F = 3:1
- Initially after birth lobe may appear radiodense
- causes contrlateral mediastinal shift
- Pulmonary vessels may appear attenuated
- Can be multilobar
Tr cheo Eosoph ge l Fistul / Eosop hge l Atresi

- Disorder in the formation and separation of the primitive foregut into

trachea and oesophagus

- 5 types
- EA without Fistula (type A)
- EA with Fistula (types B, C, D)
- TOF without atresia (type E - H-shaped fistula)

- Radiograph:
1. Air filled distended pharangeal pouch
2. Food impaction
3. Unsuccessfully passed NGT ± coiled NGT
4. With TEF ± gas in stomach and bowel
5. Without fistula ± no distal bowel gas
6. Signs of other congenital anomalies (VACTERL)
Sequestr tion

- Congenital malformation consisting of:

1. Non functioning lung segment
2. No communication with tracheobronchial tree
3. Systemic arterial supply

- 2 types:
1. Intralobar (75%) ± eclosed by visceral pleura of affected
pulmonary lobe
2. Extralobar - accessory lobe with its own pleural sheath, which
prevents collateral air drift resulting in an airless round mass

On imaging :
- round well defined solid homogenous mass near the diaphragm
with mass effect
- Contrast enhancement of sequestration at the same time as
thoracic aorta
Bronchogenic Õyst

- Developmental lesion (a foregut duplication cyst)Best

- Do not communicate with bronchial tree
- Do not contain air unless infected
- Present with recurrent infections, stridor(from airway compression)
- May be an incidental finding
- Best imaging clue: well defined, soft tissue density mass in middle
mediastinum or central lung
- May be mediastinal or lung parencymal
- Almost always solitary
- Do not communicate with the airway
Respir tory Distress Synrome
Meconium Aspir tion Synrome
Bronchi l FB
Pneumomei stinum
Pulmon ry Interstiti l Emphysem
Eu tive tr che tis
Retroph rynge l Abcess
Enl rge Tonsils

Vir l Dise se
B cteri l Pneumoni
Roun Pneumoni
Õ vit tory Pneumoni
Respir tory Distress Synrome (RDS)

= Surfactant deficiency disorder (SDD) ± immature type 2 pneumocytes

- Most common cause of death in newborns
- Affects mostly PREMATURE infants
- Onset <2-5hrs after birth (normal film at 6 hours excludes RDS
- Increase in severity from 24 ± 48hrs
- Gradual Improvement after 48 ± 72hrs
- Presents with tachpnoea, nasal flaring, expiratory grunting, cyanosis
- Radiograph:
- Low lung volumes due to micro-collapse
- Generalised consolidation of variable severity
- Effacement of normal pulmonary vessels
- Pleural effusions very uncommon (if present think GBS pneumonia)
- Complications include pneumothorax, PIE, pneumomediastinum
Meconium Aspiration Syndrome

= respiratory distress that occurs secondary to intrapartum or

intrauterine aspiration of meconium
- Most commonly occurs in full term or postmature infants
- Most common cause of neonatal respiratory distress in full term
- Aspirated meconium causes obstruction of small airways secondary to
its tenacious nature
- Leads to asymmetric areas of hyperinflation and consolidation
-Presents with respiratory distress, rarely cyanosis
- Radiographs:
1. Areas of asymmetric, patchy consolidation, atelactasis
2. Hyperinflation with areas of emphesema
4. Rope like perihilar densities
5. Pleural effusion
6. Rapid clearing usually within 48hrs
Bronchi l FB

= aspiration of a FB that lodges in the bronchus leading to bronchial

- May have ball valve effect leading to hyperinflation or complete
obstruction leading to collapse
-Presentation: typically in infants/toddelrs, wheezing, cough,
sometimes fever
- Best imaging clue: static lung volume at different phases of the
respiratory cycle
- Radiograph:
1. Volume of affected lung may be normal, increased or decreased
2. Hyperinflation
3. Oligaemia
4. Atelactasis
5. Lung consolidation
Rarely (3%) aspirated FB is radio-opaque

- Presence of air within the pleural space

- Spontaneous pneumothorax
1. Primary (occurring in persons without clinically or radiologically
apparent lung disease)
2. Secondary(in which lung disease is present and apparent)
- Traumatic pneumothorax
1. Resulting from direct (blunt) chest trauma
2. Resulting from penetrating chest trauma
- Iatrogenic pneumothorax
1. Resulting from biopsy procedure
2. Resulting from therapeutic procedures

CX: pneumomediastinum and pneumopericardium , bronchopleural

fistula , tension pneumothorax, re-expansion pulmonary edema
Pulmon ry Interstiti l Emphysem

- Abnormal location of pulmonary air within the interstitium and

lymphatics secondary to barotrauma
- Best imaging clue: bubble-like and linear lucencies along
bronchovascular structures (often radiate from hilum)
- typically presents on routine radiographs prior to symptoms
- Serves as a warning sign for other pending air block
complications : pneumothorax/pneumomediastinum
- Occurs during the first days of life
- usually transient
- may be focal (one lobe) or diffuse and bilateral
- involved lung usually non compliant
Vir l Infection of the Lower Respir tory Tr ct

- Evaluation of potential LRTI is one of the commonest

indications for imaging in children
- Etiology of LRTI: Viruses (commonest cause),
Mycoplasma Pneumoniae, Strep. Pneumoniae
-Presents with cough, fever, often symptoms of URTI
- Radiograph: major goal is to differentiate from bacterial
- Best imaging clues:
1. Lack of focal lung consolidation (hallmark for bacterial
2. Increased peribronchial markings
3. Hyperinflation
4. Subsegmental Atelactasis
5. Hilar lymphadenopathy

-RX: supportive (no need for antibiotics)

Roun Pneumoni

- Bacterial pneumonia with a very round, well defined appearance on

chest radiography, simulating a mass
- Only seen up to approximately 8 years of age
- Typically caused by Stept. Pneumoniae
- Classic imaging appearance: round lung opacity with well defined
borders (+ air bronchograms)
- Presents with cough and fever
- May progress to lobar pneumonia
Õ vit tory Pneumoni

- Dominant area of necrosis of consolidated lobe associated with a

variable number of thin walled cysts
- Classic appearance on CT: lack of normal lung architecture,
decreased lung enhancement, thin walled cysts
- Most commonly seen with Strep. Pneumoniae (nowadays)
- Children exhibit persistent or progressive symptoms despite
- Radiograph: cystic lesions develop within an area of lung
consolidated with pneumonia
- RX: needs intensive support
Õ ri c Õonitions
Tetr logy of F llot
Ebstein͛s Anom ly
Truncus Arteriosus
Tr nsposition
Lt to Rt Shunts
Scimit r Synrome
ypopl stic Lt e rt Synrome
Õo rct tion
Pulmon ry Atresi
 w s i Dise se
Õ riomyop thies
Rh bomyom
Double Aortic Arch
Pulmon ry Sling
Manifestations of CHD

1. Cyanosis

2. Cardiomegaly

3. Pulmonary vasculature

4. Thymic atrophy

- a clinical sign ± peripheral vs central

- seen in:
1. Tetralogy of Fallot
2. Ebstein Anomaly
3. Truncus Arteriosus
5. Complete transposition of the great arteries
6. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
7. CoArctation of the Aorta
8. Pulmonary Atresia
9. ..others...

- Cardio-Thoratic Ratio
- Only on the PA view
- AP projection leads to magnifcation of heart and mediastinum

- Paediatric Conditions leading to Cardiomegaly:

1. Ebstein Anomaly
2. Truncus Arteriosus
3. TAPVR (types 1 & 2)
4. transposition of the great arteries
5. Lt to Rt shunts
6. Hypoplastic left heart syndrome
7. Vein of Galen
8. Pulmonary Atresia
9. Cardiomyopathies
10. ...others...
Pulmonary Vasculature
1. Increased (ex: Truncus Arteriosus)

2. Decreased (ex: Fallot¶s, Ebstein)

3. Pulmonary oedema (ex: type 3 TAPVR)

4. Irregular (ex: MAPCAs in Pulmonary Atresia)

Tetralogy of Fallot

- most common cyanotic heart lesion

- Presents with clubbing, dyspnoea on exertion, episodic spells,
cyanosis by 3-4months of age

1. Rt ventricular outflow tract obstruction
2. Large VSD
3. Over riding aorta
4. Rt ventricle hypertrophy

1. Normal heart size
2. Rt sided aortic arch in 25%
3. Boot-shaped Heart
4. Decreased Pulmonary vasculature
Ebstein Anomaly

- Dysplastic inferiorly displaced tricuspid valve with ventricular

division into:
a) A large superior atrialized portion with thin ventricular wall
b) A small inferior functional chamber
- Associated with ASD, PFO, VSD, PDA
- Presentation: cyanosis, CHF, systolic murmur, hydrops

- Radiograph
1. severe Rt sided cardiomegaly ± box shaped heart
2. Small vascular pedicle
3. Calcification of tricuspid valve may occur
Truncus Arteriosus

= single outlet of the heart (failure of separation of the conotruncus)

- One great artery arises from the heart, large VSD
- Associated with Rt sided aortic arch, forked ribs, and DiGeorge
- Presents with moderate cyanosis, severe CHF, systolic murmur

- Radiograph:
1. Cardiomegaly
2. Wide mediastinum
3. Concave pulmonary segment
4. Increased pulmonary blood flow
5. Waterfall / hilar comma sign
Coarctation of the Aorta

- LOCALISED Form (post-, juxta- ductal, Adult form)

-Short narrowing close to ligamentum arteriosum(most common type)
-Coexisting cardiac anomalies uncommon
-Ductus usually closed
- TUBULAR Form (preductal, Infantile form, diffuse type)
-Hypoplasia of a long segment of aortic arch
- patent ductus arteriosus
-CHF in 50%
-Coexistent cardiac anomalies

- M:F = 4:1
- Collateral circulation: via subclavian artery and its branches

-Rib notching (above age 5 years)
-Post stenotic dilatation of proximal descending aorta ± figure 3 sign
-LV hypertrophy: rounded apex
Total Anomalous Pulmonary Venous Return

- entire pulmonary venous return directed to RA

-Associated with asplenia, ASD, PFO, CCAM, sequestration

A. Supradiaphragmatic TAPVR (82%)

-Type 1: Supracardiac ± drainage into Lt brachiocephalic vein, SVC, azygos vein
- Type 2: Cardiac ± drainage into coronary sinus, RA
B. Infradiaphragmatic TAPVR (12%)
- Type 3: drainage into portal vein, IVC, L gastric vein. >90%obstructed

Presentation: <1yr with cyanosis, systolic murmur, Rt ventricular

- Radiograph:
1. Cardiomegaly (types 1& 2) vs small heart (type 3)
2. Pulmonary plethora (types 1& 2) vs pulmonary oedema (type 3)
3. Wide mediastinum (type 1 ± snowman heart ) vs narrowed (type 2
& 3)
4. Lt vertical vein often visible in Type 1
Lt to Rt shunts

- Low pressure shunts - ASD

- High pressure shunts ± VSD, AVSD, PDA

- Most common congenital cardiac lesion

- Presents with CHF without cyanosis
- Most small muscular VSDs close spontaneously
- Untreated large shunts may lead to Eisenmangerµs syndrome

- Radiograph
1. Cardiomegaly
2. Convex pulmonary artery segment
3. Interstitial fluid with CHF
4. Hyperinflation due to bronchial compression by dilated pulmonary
|on Accient l Injuries (Õhil Abuse)
Rib fr ctures

- Classic imaging appearance: posterior rib fractures in the region of the costovertebral joints,
rib fractures of different ages
- Unfortunately common
- 30% of fractures in infants are due to abuse
- Secondary to thorax being squeezed by abuser
- Most children are less than 1 year at presentation
-May be subtle prior to callous formation


-Scapular fractures
-Spinous process fractures
-Sternal fractures
-Lung contusions on CT

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