Objective: This study aimed to explore the atypical imaging findings of the novel coronavirus pneumonia (COVID-19) and its evolution.
Materials and methods: The atypical imaging data of ten patients in our hospital who tested positive for COVID-19 were analyzed retrospectively, and the distribution, morphology, and image evolution of the lesions were analyzed. High-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) was performed in all cases, and the imaging features were analyzed and summarized by two senior radiologists.
Results: Of these ten patients, three were male, and seven were female. The age of these patients ranged from 21-53 years, with an average age of 36.3 ± 3.6. The first symptom was fever in nine cases and dry cough in one case. A total of 17 lesions were detected in these ten patients. Five patients had a single lesion, and five patients had multiple lesions, for a total of 12 lesions. Ten lesions (58.82%) were located in the inferior lobe of the right lung, four lesions (23.53%) in the left inferior lobe, two lesions (11.76%) in the left upper lobe, and one lesion (5.88%) in the right middle lobe. Among the five single lesions, two were solid lesions, two were mixed ground-glass lesions, and one was a pure ground-glass lesion. Among the 12 multiple lesions, eight were solid lesions, two were mixed ground-glass lesions, and two were pure ground-glass lesions. Atypical manifestations in image signs: five lesions (29.41%) had single solid and sub-solid nodules, and four lesions (23.53%) had cavitary nodules. Typical manifestation (the presence of "white lung"): three lesions (17.65%) had an air bronchogram, two lesions (11.76%) had crazy-paving signs, two lesions (11.76%) had vascular thickening, and one lesion (5.88%) had halo signs. At reexamination 2-6 days later, 15 lesions (88.24%) had enlarged or increased, and two lesions (11.76%) had decreased or absorbed.
Conclusions: Patients with COVID-19 may have atypical imaging findings. Radiologists should improve their understanding of the novel coronavirus pneumonia to avoid any missed diagnoses.