Osteophyte induced adjacent pulmonary atelectasis and fibrosis
Osteophyte induced adjacent pulmonary atelectasis and fibrosis are typically seen as focal pulmonary interstitial opacities adjacent to thoracic spinal osteophytes. They can be a relatively common finding in thoracic CT imaging.
They are more common in older individuals.
Treatment and prognosis
Most are not thought to be of clinical significance and generally do not appear to progress and are not considered a pre-clinical form of more extensive fibrosing lung disease 2.
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