patchy infiltrate


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patchy infiltrate

A poorly defined area of lung consolidation seen on the chest radiograph as scattered opacification within normal lung tissue. It is usually caused by a mixture of normally aerated and infected lung lobules.
See also: infiltrate
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On the basis of clinical symptoms and chest radiographs that revealed bilateral, nodular patchy infiltrates, acute pulmonary histoplasmosis was the suspected illness.
Chest radiography revealed patchy infiltrates in the left lung and pleural effusion.
Chest x-ray film showed patchy infiltrates in the right upper lobe and left lower lobe.