Simple silicosis

Case contributed by Dr Hani Salam


Occupational exposure with dyspnea.

Patient Data

Age: 55-year-old
Gender: Male

Chest X-ray

Right apical ill-defined opacity.


CT Chest

Multiple micronodules, upper lobe predominant. No calcified mediastinal 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 micronodules with predominant upper lobe affection, associated with the provided history of occupational exposures make simple silicosis the most probable diagnosis, though coal workers' pneumoconiosis and talcosis could give very similar radiological findings.

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Case information

rID: 40250
Published: 22nd Oct 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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