Q: Chest-Xray immediately after pneumonectomy shows postpneumonectomy space filled with air. At what rate fluid accumulates in the empty postpneumonectomy space?
Answer: At a rate of one to two intercostal spaces per day.
CXR immediately after postpneumonectomy shows relatively clear, stable CXR with trachea at midline and the postpneumonectomy space filled with air. After a day, CXR findings become apparent with elevation of ipsilateral hemidiaphragm and the mediastinum shifting towards postpneumonectomy side. Fluid accumulates at a rate of one to two intercostal spaces per day, and it takes about 2 weeks to postpneumonectomy space filled with fluid.
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