Radiographic manifestations of transfusion-related acute lung injury

Carolina Carcano, Ndubuisi Okafor, Felipe Martinez, Jose Ramirez, Jeffrey Kanne, Jacobo Kirsch

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Objective: The purpose of this article is to describe the clinical symptoms and illustrate the radiological manifestations of transfusion-related acute lung injury (TRALI) as the condition develops. We mention those findings that aid the discrimination from transfusion-associated cardiac overload. We will also point some of the characteristics that increase the risk of TRALI. Conclusion: TRALI generally occurs within 1 to 2 h of the start of a blood transfusion. Though the radiographic features of TRALI are nonspecific, the diagnosis is established using clinical and radiological parameters. The diagnosis warrants a high index of suspicion as well as knowledge of its risk factors. There are no specific treatments; the best chance of survival in TRALI is with early diagnosis and prevention.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1020-1023
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2013


  • Acute lung injury
  • Computed tomography
  • Transfusion

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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