Hampton hump

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A Hampton hump in a person with a right low lobe pulmonary embolism. This person also has a ported central venous catheter.

Hampton's hump, also called Hampton hump, is a radiologic sign which consists of a shallow wedge-shaped opacity in the periphery of the lung with its base against the pleural surface.[1] It is named after Aubrey Otis Hampton, who first described it in 1940.[2] Hampton's hump along with Westermark sign may aid in the diagnosis of pulmonary embolism, although they are rare and their sensitivities and interoperator reliabilities are low.


  1. ^ "Pulmonary embolism". Slideshow. LifeHugger.com. 
  2. ^ Hampton AO, Castleman B (1940). "Correlation of postmortem chest teleroentgenograms with autopsy findings". Am J Roentgenol Radium Ther 34: 305–326. 

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