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Thorax. 2007 August; 62(8): 666.
PMCID: PMC2117277

A pleural mass with pulmonary infiltrates

Clinical presentation

A healthy 34‐year‐old woman had a 1‐month history of dyspnoea and an abnormal chest radiograph. A course of erythromycin was unhelpful. Further details of her history did not suggest an aetiology. Physical examination showed only mild hypoxia on exertion.

A high‐resolution chest CT scan was performed, revealing a left apical and hilar mass extending posteriorly to encase the lung, particularly along the mediastinal aspect (fig 11).). There was also bilateral airspace opacification in a bronchocentric distribution. Bronchoscopy and thoracentesis were non‐diagnostic.

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Figure 1 Coronal CT scan of the chest showing ground glass and dense airspace opacification in a bronchocentric distribution throughout both lungs. There is also left hilar enlargement and multiple pleural masses.


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