Hairy pleural plaques

A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

The so-called hairy pleural plaque, are a manifestation of asbestos related disease. They arises 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 pleural 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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