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Septal lines in pleural inflammation: multidetector computed tomography findings in 30 patients.
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PMID:  16778623     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to evaluate the interstitial changes adjacent to pleural inflammation on multidetector computed tomography. METHODS: The multidetector computed tomography scans of 30 patients with pleural inflammation were retrospectively and blindly evaluated by 2 observers. A control group of 7 patients with documented fibrothorax was also included. The number, appearance, thickness, and extent of septal lines were analyzed. RESULTS: More than 10 septal lines immediately adjacent to the abnormal pleura were seen in 22 of the 30 patients with pleural inflammation and 2 of the 7 patients with fibrothorax (P<0.01). Septal lines that are more than 1 mm thick were seen in 13 of the 30 patients with acute inflammation and none of the patients with fibrothorax (P<0.01). Differences between focal and diffuse pleural inflammation included 10 cm or greater craniocaudal extent and more smooth septal lines with diffuse pleural inflammation. CONCLUSIONS: Pleural inflammation is associated with increased number and thickening of septal lines in the immediately adjacent lung parenchyma.
Jonathan D Dodd; Carolina A Souza; Nestor L Müller
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of computer assisted tomography     Volume:  30     ISSN:  0363-8715     ISO Abbreviation:  J Comput Assist Tomogr     Publication Date:    2006 May-Jun
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-06-16     Completed Date:  2006-07-14     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7703942     Medline TA:  J Comput Assist Tomogr     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  469-73     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Radiology, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Middle Aged
Pleura / radiography
Pleurisy / radiography*
Retrospective Studies
Tomography, X-Ray Computed / methods*

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