Calcified pleural plaques

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Shortness of breath and fever. Infection?

Patient Data

Age: 65
Gender: Male

Bilateral calcified pleural plaques most pronounced in the mid zones.

Lungs clear.

Heart size normal.

Case Discussion

Pleural calcification can occur for a number of reasons including; prior empyema, haemothorax and trauma.

Multiple bilateral calcified pleural plaques are almost pathognomonic of prior asbestos exposure.

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Case information

rID: 56520
Published: 7th Nov 2017
Last edited: 16th Jul 2018
System: Chest
Tag: rdgh
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