The following are tracheal positions and diseases conditions they may indicate:
A. Tracheal shift toward the problem: due to a vacuum effect created on that side of the lung.
- Spontaneous Pneumothorax (Collapsed lung, such as one caused by a bleb)
- Pneumonectomy (lung removed)
- Pulmonary consolidation (pneumonia, pulmonary edema)
- Pleural effusion: fluid buildup in the pleural cavity surrounding one area of the lung
- Hemothorax: buildup of blood in one area of the lung
- Tension Pneumothorax: Accumulation of air in the pleural sac. Air can get into the pleural sac but not out. The increased pressure may push trachea away from the problem.