UMEM Educational Pearls


50 year-old man with presents with acute-onset sharp left-sided chest pain and dyspnea. What's the diagnosis and the name of the abnormality on chest x-ray?


Answer: Pulmonary embolism with CXR demonstrating "Hampton Hump". 

  • Hampton Hump is a wedge-shaped opacity originating from the periphery of the lung secondary to a pulmonary infarct.
  • Although classically taught as a radiologic finding associated with pulmonary embolism, it a relatively uncommon finding
    • Sensitivity  and specificity for pulmonary embolism are 22 and 82%, respectively.


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