Peribronchial cuffing

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search

Peribronchial cuffing, also referred to as peribronchial thickening or bronchial wall thickening, is a radiologic sign which occurs when excess fluid or mucus buildup in the small airway passages of the lung causes localized patches of atelectasis (lung collapse).[1] This causes the area around the bronchus to appear more prominent on an X-ray. It has also been described as donut sign, considering the edge is thicker, and the center contains air.

Peribronchial cuffing is seen in a number of conditions including:


As peribronchial cuffing is a sign rather than a symptom or condition, there is no specific treatment except to treat the underlying cause.


  1. ^ Bramson RT, Griscom NT, Cleveland RH (2005). "Interpretation of chest radiographs in infants with cough and fever.". Radiology. 236 (1): 22–29. PMID 15983074. doi:10.1148/radiol.2361041278.