Costal cartilage calcification and unilateral breast implant

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Dixon

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Patient Data

Age: 80 years
Gender: Female

Enlarged heart without pulmonary edema or pleural effusions. Multiple bilateral rounded peripherally dense nodules predominantly in the lower zones on the PA projection represent prominent costal cartilage calcification/ossification rather than pulmonary nodules. Unilateral left breast implant accounts for the increased density in the left mid zone compared to the right. 

Case Discussion

A chest x-ray case with two observations which may perplex the inexperienced reader; prominent costal cartilage calcification and unilateral breast implant. 

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Case information

rID: 72518
Published: 27th Nov 2019
Last edited: 28th Nov 2019
System: Breast
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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