Holly leaf pleural plaques

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Previous manual laborer. Shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male


Multiple bilateral calcified pleural plaques, with a central predominance.  The formation of these are rather 'leaf like' in appearances.

Hyperinflated lungs.

Case Discussion

Pleural plaques are invariably due to prolonged exposure to asbestos.  For this reason, men are mainly affected due to the nature of the traditional blue-collar jobs in which those exposed were employed.

The plaques can take on a holly leaf appearance.

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Case information

rID: 47062
Published: 30th Jul 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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