Calcified fibrothorax

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe

Presentation

Chest pain.

Patient Data

Age: 80
Gender: Male
Modality: X-ray

Volume loss on the left with thick pleural calcification. 

Modality: CT

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, haemothorax 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 favoured. 

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Case Information

rID: 46137
Case created: 23rd Jun 2016
Last edited: 23rd Jun 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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