Simple silicosis

Case contributed by Dr Hani Salam

Presentation

Occupational exposure with dyspnea.

Patient Data

Age: 55-year-old
Gender: Male

Chest X-ray

Modality: X-ray

Right apical ill-defined opacity.

CT Chest

Modality: CT

Multiple small nodules that are upper lobe predominant. No calcified medistinal lymph nodes.

Case Discussion

The patient gave a history of exposure to silica particles, as an occupational exposure in the past.

The findings of innumerable small nodules with predominant upper lobes affection, associated with the provided history of occupational exposures make silicosis (classic and simple) the most probable diagnosis, though coal workers' pneumoconiosis and talcosis could give very similar radiological findings.

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Case Information

rID: 40250
Case created: 14th Oct 2015
Last edited: 13th Jan 2016
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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