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- A chest radiograph is obtained in virtually all patients undergoing evaluation for silicosis. It will confirm the presence of nodules in the lungs, especially in the upper lobes.
Chest X Ray
- In acute silicosis, the chest radiograph demonstrates characteristic
- Bilateral consolidation,
- Typically symmetrical
- Diffuse ground glass opacities which may be perihilar or basilar .
- These features may progress from a pattern of lower zone opacities to large masses of coalesced parenchymal tissue in the mid and lower zones, which are typically bilateral but not always symmetrical .
- The typical chest radiograph finding in chronic simple silicosis is the presence of many small round opacities of
- Less than 10 mm in diameter,
- Distributed predominantly in the upper lung zones.
- Progressive massive fibrosis also known as conglomerate silicosis occurs when these small opacities gradually enlarge and coalesce to form larger opacities
- Of more than 10 mm in diameter .
- Asymmetrical, and may mimic a neoplastic process.
- And associated with upper lobe fibrosis and lower lobe hyperinflation.
- Hilar adenopathy with prominent eggshell calcification is present in up to 5 percent of workers with silicosis.
- Cavitation may also be present in advanced disease or in the setting of mycobacterial superinfection.
- ↑ 1.0 1.1 Duchange L, Brichet A, Lamblin C, Tillie I, Tonnel AB, Wallaert B (1998). "[Acute silicosis. Clinical, radiologic, functional, and cytologic characteristics of the broncho-alveolar fluids. Observations of 6 cases]". Rev Mal Respir. 15 (4): 527–34. PMID 9805764.
- ↑ Dee P, Suratt P, Winn W (1978). "The radiographic findings in acute silicosis". Radiology. 126 (2): 359–63. doi:10.1148/126.2.359. PMID 622482.
- ↑ Gera K, Pilaniya V, Shah A (2014). "Silicosis: progressive massive fibrosis with eggshell calcification". BMJ Case Rep. 2014. doi:10.1136/bcr-2014-206376. PMID 25260430.