Swyer-James-Macleod Syndrome: Case Report and Brief Literature Review

Muhammad Omar, Muhammad Ahsan Saeed, Amol Patil

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Swyer-James-Macleod syndrome is a rare radiologic entity with radiolucent lung fields which could include the entire lung, a lobe or a subsegment. The pathogenesis is unclear but is thought to be related to childhood pulmonary viral and non-viral infections with subsequent vascular and alveolar distortion. It usually presents incidentally in asymptomatic patients on imaging, but could present with recurrent pulmonary infections, shortness of breath, cough, hemoptysis or bronchiectasis. Treatment is usually observation if asymptomatic, but could potentially include inhaled steroids, bronchodilators, lobectomy segmentectomy or pneumonectomy depending on the clinical condition and severity of the symptoms. We present a case of SJMS found in a asymptomatic patient along with a brief literature review.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)518-520
Number of pages3
JournalSouth Dakota medicine : the journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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