Pulmonary baritosis

Pulmonary baritosis (or simply known as Baritosis) is type of benign non-fibrotic pneumoconiosis 2 which can be precipitated by inhalation of Barium particles (usually Barium sulphate - BaSO4). Inhaled Barium particles can lie in the lungs for years without producing symptoms or causing impairment in lung function 3.

Plain radiograph

Baritosis is seen as extremely dense discrete shadows/nodules in a chest radiograph owing to the high radio-opacity of Barium 1,3.

For extremely dense nodules on plain film consider:

For a broader differential on plain film consider:

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Article Information

rID: 21092
System: Chest
Tag: cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Baritosis
  • Pulmonary baritosis
  • Barium induced pneumoconiosis
  • Baritosis of the lung
  • Baritosis of lung
  • Lung baritosis

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