Kartagener syndrome

Case contributed by Dr Hani Salam


A 25-year-old female known case of Kartagener syndrome presented with recurrent chest infection and chronic sinusitis.

Patient Data

Age: 25
Gender: Female

The cardiac apex and gastric bubble on the right side, with multiple bilateral rounded variable sided lucencies, more marked in the lower zones, representing bronchiectesis. The paranasal sinuses are opacified. 


CT chest: Bilateral extensive broncial dilatation, having thick walls, some of them are filled with mucus, mostly seen in the lower lobes, right middle lobe and lingula of the left upper lobe. Right lower lobe consolidation is seen. Tree-in-bud pattern is seen on both sides. 

Paranasal sinus CT: Small and under developed sinuses, which are opacified. 

Interpretation: CT images show paranasal sinuses disease, situs invesus, and extensive bronchiectesis. Features are consistent with Kartagener syndrome. 

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Case information

rID: 9118
Published: 18th Mar 2010
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
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