Asbestos pleural placques

Case contributed by Fabio Macori
Diagnosis certain


History of about 20 years asbestos exposure.

Patient Data

Age: 75 years
Gender: Male

CT shows the presence of bilateral pleural plaques, few of them calcified, and subpleural reticular bands. 

Aspecific lymph nodes are visible in the mediastinum.

The ascending aorta has a diameter at the maximum values of the standard (mm 40).

Cohesist the presence of multiple calcifications of the head and tail of the pancreas.

Case Discussion

The presence of pleural plaques represents the typical appearances of those subjected to long-term exposure and inhalation of asbestos fibers.

Traction bronchiectasis are other characteristic signs of this disease.

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