Which clinical findings are characteristic of congenital lobar emphysema (CLE)?

Updated: Apr 08, 2019
  • Author: Beverly P Wood, MD, MSEd, PhD; Chief Editor: John Karani, MBBS, FRCR  more...
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The thorax on the involved side is hyperresonant with decreased or absent breath sounds and transillumination. Progressive respiratory distress from birth reflects the degree of emphysema; symptoms are at their worst in the first month. Occasionally, patients present in later childhood or adulthood.


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