Pleural thickening

Last revised by Dr Yuranga Weerakkody on 27 Nov 2021

Pleural thickening is a descriptive term given to describe any form of thickening involving either the parietal or visceral pleura. 

It can occur with both benign and malignant pleural disease. According to etiology it may be classified as:

Pleural thickening can also be classified into various subtypes according to morphology:

Differential diagnosis

See also

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Cases and figures

  • Case 1: from pleural metastases
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  • Case 2: from previous empyema
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  • Case 3: from pleural involvement with lymphoma
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  • Case 4: from tuberculous pleuritis
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  • Case 5: from tuberculous pleuritis
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