Holly leaf pleural plaques

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Previous manual labourer. Shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 70 years
Gender: Male


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

Hyperinflated lungs.

Case Discussion

Pleural plaques are invariably due to a pronlonged 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: 11th Jan 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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