Calcified pleural plaques

Case contributed by Derek Smith
Diagnosis certain



Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Male

Bilateral calcified mid and lower zone pleural plaques, including over the diaphragm.

Compared with prior imaging, no new consolidation.


CT demonstrating calcified pleural plaques for comparison with CXR appearance.

Case Discussion

Calcified pleural plaques are a common finding particularly in the elderly population, or those involved in industrial work, due to exposure to asbestos fibers. Close inspection for any associated fibrotic change or mass is important for patient compensation purposes.

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