oa Central African Journal of Medicine - Routine chest radiographs in psychiatric patients

Volume 36, Issue 9
  • ISSN : 0008-9176



The routine chest radiographs of 178 psychiatric patients were reviewed. 67 patients had abnormalities found on their chest radiographs. 22 (32.8pc) of these were significant abnormalities while 45 (67.2pc) were non-significant. There was no significant abnormality detected on the chest radiographs of any patient in whom abnormality had not been suspected clinically. No significant abnormality was found in patients below the age of 40 years. This study suggests that chest radiography should be performed only on psychiatric patients who are above the age of 40 years and especially those who have clinical evidence of chest disease.

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