Background: Pulmonary sequestration is an uncommon pulmonary disorder. We presented an adult case with recurrent pulmonary infection firstly misdiagnosed as pneumonia, which proved as pulmonary sequestration by enhanced CT scan and CT angiography.
Methods: Appropriate laboratory tests, chest CT scan, bronchoscopy, and CT angiography were performed for diagnosis.
Results: The white blood cells detected by routine blood test were 11.8 x 109/L, the plain chest CT scan showed the volume of the lower lobe of the left lung decreased and the density increased. Enhanced CT and maximum intensity projection (MIP) algorithms were used for three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of the images: no abnormally enhanced shadows were seen in the reduced lower lobe of the left lung, and tortuous vascular shadows were seen in the mediastinum. Bronchoscopy showed a narrowing of the opening in the dorsal segment of the lower lobe of the left lung. Thoracic aortography revealed an abnormal arterial supply to the lower left lung, the pathological results of thoracoscopic resection of the lower left lung were pulmonary sequestration.
Conclusions: Pulmonary consolidation may be more than a simple pulmonary infection. Physicians should consider the possibility of pulmonary sequestration in patients with recurrent or refractory pneumonia. Enhanced CT findings of abnormal blood vessel supply are helpful for pulmonary sequestration diagnosis, and CT angiography is the gold standard for diagnosis.