Asbestos related pleural plaques

Case contributed by Dr Hani Salam


History of asbestos exposure.

Patient Data

Age: 75
Gender: Male

Bilateral calcified pleural plaques.

Bilateral pleural plaques, most of them are calcified. Right lower lobe round atelactasis. Bilateral subplural reticular bands. 

Case Discussion

Asbestosis refers to later development of diffuse interstitial fibrosis secondary to asbestos fibers inhalation and should not be confused with asbestos related lung disorder. For instance, the case demonstrate both entities. Asbestos related lung disease findings include,  pleural plaques that tends to be calcified and round atelactasis. In regards to asbestosis, there will be findings of interstitial lung fibrosis related to asbestos exposure, as the case shows intralobular linear opacities  (reticulations) and sub-pleural curvilinear bands. Later on in the disease there will be honeycomb fibrosis as seen at both lung bases.

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Case information

rID: 39069
Published: 18th Aug 2015
Last edited: 16th Jul 2017
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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