Hairy pleural plaque

Hairy pleural plaques are a manifestation of asbestos-related disease. They arise from the visceral pleura, typically from an interlobar fissure. The hairiness stems from short radially-oriented linear regions of fibrosis extending from the plaque into the adjacent lung parenchyma.

Compared to the usual parietal pleura-arising plaques, these hairy plaques are rare.

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Article information

rID: 8740
System: Chest
Section: Signs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Hairy pleural plaque
  • Hairy plaques
  • Hairy plaque

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