TITLE

Dendriform pulmonary ossification in patient with rare earth pneumoconiosis

AUTHOR(S)
Yoon, H. K.; Moon, H. S.; Park, S. H.; Song, J. S.; Lim, Y.; Kohyama, N.
PUB. DATE
August 2005
SOURCE
Thorax;Aug2005, Vol. 60 Issue 8, p701
SOURCE TYPE
Academic Journal
DOC. TYPE
Case Study
ABSTRACT
This article presents the case study of a patient with pathologically proven dendriform pulmonary ossification and rare earth pneumoconiosis confirmed by analytical transmission electron microscopy. Dendriform pulmonary ossification is a rare condition characterised by branching bony spicules which usually contain marrow and are found in the lung parenchyma associated with pulmonary fibrosis. Rare earth pneumoconiosis is an uncommon occupational disease caused by the inhalation of dust containing rare earth metals. A 38 year old man presented with a non-productive cough which had lasted several months. There was nothing significant in his past medical history with no history of smoking or the use of alcohol or illicit drugs. A chest radiograph showed diffuse reticulonodular infiltrates in the whole lung fields. Both lungs were overinflated. An open lung biopsy of the left lung showed that the lung surface was irregular and the lungs appeared emphysematous and mottled with anthracotic pigmentation.
ACCESSION #
17967769

 

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