Calcified pleural plaques
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Multiple calcified pleural plates demonstrated bilaterally. No convincing evidence of pulmonary consolidations or pleural effusions. Cardiomediastinal contours are unremarkable. No pneumothorax or subphrenic free gas.
The lesions are typical for pleural calcification, and better characterised when assessed on the lateral views over the diaphragm.
Only with the frontal view the differentials may be broad and include infection or metastatic disease. Correlation with previous imaging has revealed stability of the findings for more than 10 years.
Pleural plaques, although nonspecific, correspond to the most frequent radiographic manifestation of asbestos exposure.