What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of chronic granulomatous disease (CGD)?

Updated: Jul 29, 2019
  • Author: Roman J Nowicki, MD, PhD; Chief Editor: Dirk M Elston, MD  more...
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Pulmonary disease is prominent, with recurrent pneumonia, empyema, and lung abscess formation.

Discrete areas of persistent consolidation may be observed on radiographs and are often called encapsulating pneumonia. This sign is highly distinctive of chronic granulomatous disease. Less specific reticulonodular shadowing and hilar lymphadenopathy are also commonly observed.


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