Pleural thickening

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

  • pleural effusion
  • on frontal chest radiograph, the arms may be projected over the lower lateral chest wall, mimicking pleural thickening

See also

Article information

rID: 22514
System: Chest
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Thickening of the pleura
  • Thickening of pleura

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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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