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Silicosis with progressive massive fibrosis

Case contributed by Dr Paulo A Noronha


Patient with chronic progressive shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 45 years
Gender: Male

Bilateral nodules and conglomerate masses with calcifications and air bronchograms in the midzone and periphery of the upper lungs, which extend towards the hila, associated with overinflated emphysematous spaces. Cavitation is seen in both upper lobes. There is extensive mediastinal and hilar lymph node calcification.

Case Discussion

The combined findings together with the patient's occupational history of working with sandblasting are typical for complicated silicosis and progessive massive fibrosis.

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Case information

rID: 43813
Published: 1st Apr 2016
Last edited: 5th Mar 2021
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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