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Rounded atelectasis of the lung.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  15823460     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Rounded atelectasis of the lung (RA) is a lesion well described in the medical literature, yet often very difficult to diagnose. In recent years, the widespread use of high-resolution imaging modalities employed in the struggle against cancer, coinciding with the peak of the asbestos epidemic, have boosted the detection frequency of RA. However, its differential diagnosis still poses a challenge to the pulmonary specialist and the radiologist, as little is known about its pathogenesis. Furthermore, the multifactorial etiology of RA and its occasional coexistence with lung cancer make the task of confidently ruling out malignancy sometimes daunting. This article attempts to provide an update on RA's etiology, radiological evaluation, clinical management, and prognosis based on recent advances in broadly available diagnostic modalities and minimally invasive interventional procedures. An exemplary case of post-tuberculous RA is illustrated, as RA often presents as an unusual finding of a fairly common disease.
Georgios T Stathopoulos; Maria T Karamessini; Athanasia E Sotiriadi; Vasilios G Pastromas
Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Respiratory medicine     Volume:  99     ISSN:  0954-6111     ISO Abbreviation:  Respir Med     Publication Date:  2005 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-04-12     Completed Date:  2005-07-21     Revised Date:  2008-11-21    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  8908438     Medline TA:  Respir Med     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  615-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
4th Pulmonary Department, Athens General Hospital for Chest Diseases Sotiria, Greece.
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MeSH Terms
Fluorodeoxyglucose F18 / diagnostic use
Lung / pathology*,  radiography,  ultrasonography
Magnetic Resonance Imaging
Positron-Emission Tomography
Pulmonary Atelectasis / diagnosis*,  etiology,  radiography
Radiopharmaceuticals / diagnostic use
Tomography, X-Ray Computed
Tuberculosis, Pulmonary / complications*,  pathology,  radiography
Reg. No./Substance:
0/Radiopharmaceuticals; 63503-12-8/Fluorodeoxyglucose F18

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