Fibrothorax

Dr Craig Hacking and Radswiki et al.

Fibrothorax is defined as fibrosis within the pleural space and is sometimes referred to as pleural peel. It occurs secondary to the inflammatory response to one of the following events:  

Radiographic features

Fibrothorax is characterized by relatively smooth pleural thickening (hence peel) that may be calcified. The mediastinal pleura is usually spared, and commonly there is marked volume loss of the affected hemithorax.

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Article information

rID: 12640
System: Chest
Tag: cases, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • pleural peel
  • Pleural fibrosis
  • Diffuse pleural fibrosis
  • Fibrothoraces

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1
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  • Case 2: with previous tuberculosis
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  • Case 3: prior hemothorax
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  • Case 4: with previous tuberculosis
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  • Case 5
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