Calcified fibrothorax

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: 80
Gender: Male

Volume loss on the left with thick pleural calcification. 


Thick sheet-like calcification along the left lateral pleural surface with associated left sided volume loss. No right sided pleural calcification. 

Case Discussion

Sheet-like calcification represents calcified fibrothorax, which has a variety of causes such as prior tuberculous empyema, hemothorax or asbestos exposure. The cause is not known in this case but given its sheet-like quality, unilateral distribution and lack of rib fractures prior tuberculous empyema is favored. 

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Case information

rID: 46137
Published: 23rd Jun 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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