CXR Case 095

A 71 year old man retired plumber is admitted from respiratory clinic

CXR CASE 095 CXR LITFL

Describe and interpret this CXR

CHEST X-RAY INTERPRETATION

There is a right sided hydropneumothorax with lobulated pleural thickening over the lateral and posterior chest wall.
The left side of the chest is clear.


CLINICAL CORRELATION

This is malignant pleural disease and most likely to be mesothelioma, given his asbestos exposure as a plumber.


CLINICAL PEARLS

The risk of developing mesothelioma is (asbestos) dose dependent (i.e. higher exposure, higher risk).

Time since first exposure is also important – latency following first exposure can be up to at least 50 years.


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Prof Fraser Brims Curtin Medical School, acute and respiratory medicine specialist, immediate care in sport doc, ex-Royal Navy, academic| Top 100 CXR | Google Scholar |

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