Pleural silicone granuloma
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Pleural silicone granulomas result from an extremely rare situation where there is leakage of silicone from an implant rupture into the thorax.
It is thought that scars from remote thoracotomy may provide a potential pathway for ruptured silicone to fistulise into the pleural space.
Mild FDG uptake in these pleural lesions may be present and attributed to surrounding granulomatous inflammation.
They may occasionally mimic intrapulmonary metastases 1.
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