Asbestos pleural plaques

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Presentation

Fever. CXR for evaluation of possible pneumonia.

Patient Data

Age: Elderly
Gender: Male
X-ray

CXR demonstrates widespread ill-defined opacities projecting over both lungs. On lateral projection some of these lesions are seen to be plurally based. No convincing calcification. Lungs appear unremarkable. 

Case Discussion

This patient went on to have a CT of the chest (not shown) which demonstrated these lesions to be pleural. There was a history of asbestos exposure and these lesions had remained unchanged for years. They are therefore consistent with asbestos related pleural plaques, which can be 'lumpy'. 

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Case information

rID: 20252
Case created: 8th Nov 2012
Last edited: 6th Nov 2017
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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