The pulmonary ligament

J. G. Rabinowitz, B. A. Cohen, D. S. Mendleson

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The pulmonary ligament functions as an important anchoring structure for the lower lobe and, because of this, influences the ultimate radiographic configuration of (1) pneumothorax (2) lower lobe atelectasis, and (3) subpulmonic or mediastinal pleural effusions. The pulmonary ligament consists of a double pleural sheath that encloses a connective tissue space; this space allows free communication between the lung and the mediastinum. Abnormalities, for example, fluid, air, mass, and so on, may pass easily through or remain contained within the ligament. In most situations, the location and the resulting triangular configuration suggest involvement within the ligament.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)659-672
Number of pages14
JournalRadiologic Clinics of North America
Issue number3
StatePublished - 1984


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