Pleural plaques (PPs) may be a risk factor for mortality from lung cancer in asbestos-exposed workers and are considered to be a marker of exposure. Diagnosing PPs is also important because asbestos-exposed patients should be offered a health surveillance that is mandatory in many countries. On the other hand PPs are useful for compensation purposes. In this study we aimed to evaluate the prevalence, as incidental findings, and the underreporting rate of PPs in chest CT scans (CTs) performed in a cohort of patients (1512) who underwent chest CT with a slice thickness no more than 1.25 mm. PPs were found in 76 out of 1482 patients (5.1%); in 13 out of 76 (17,1%) CTs were performed because of clinical suspicion of asbestos exposure and 5 of them (38%) were underreported by radiologist. In the remaining 63 cases (82.9%) there was no clinical suspicion of asbestos exposure at the time of CTs (incidental findings) and in 38 of these 63 patients (60.3%) PPs were underreported. Reaching a correct diagnosis of PPs requires a good knowledge of normal locoregional anatomy and rigorous technical approach in chest CT execution. However the job history of the patient should always be kept in mind.

Mazzei, M.A., Contorni, F., Gentili, F., Guerrini, S., Mazzei, F., Pinto, A., et al. (2017). Incidental and Underreported Pleural Plaques at Chest CT: Do Not Miss Them - Asbestos Exposure Still Exists. BIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL, 2017, 1-8 [10.1155/2017/6797826].

Incidental and Underreported Pleural Plaques at Chest CT: Do Not Miss Them - Asbestos Exposure Still Exists

MAZZEI, MARIA ANTONIETTA
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GENTILI, FRANCESCO;GUERRINI, SUSANNA;MAZZEI, FRANCESCO;CIOFFI SQUITIERI, NEVADA;SISINNI, ANTONIETTA GERARDINA;PAOLUCCI, VALENTINA;SARTORELLI, PIETRO;VOLTERRANI, LUCA
2017-01-01

Abstract

Pleural plaques (PPs) may be a risk factor for mortality from lung cancer in asbestos-exposed workers and are considered to be a marker of exposure. Diagnosing PPs is also important because asbestos-exposed patients should be offered a health surveillance that is mandatory in many countries. On the other hand PPs are useful for compensation purposes. In this study we aimed to evaluate the prevalence, as incidental findings, and the underreporting rate of PPs in chest CT scans (CTs) performed in a cohort of patients (1512) who underwent chest CT with a slice thickness no more than 1.25 mm. PPs were found in 76 out of 1482 patients (5.1%); in 13 out of 76 (17,1%) CTs were performed because of clinical suspicion of asbestos exposure and 5 of them (38%) were underreported by radiologist. In the remaining 63 cases (82.9%) there was no clinical suspicion of asbestos exposure at the time of CTs (incidental findings) and in 38 of these 63 patients (60.3%) PPs were underreported. Reaching a correct diagnosis of PPs requires a good knowledge of normal locoregional anatomy and rigorous technical approach in chest CT execution. However the job history of the patient should always be kept in mind.
Mazzei, M.A., Contorni, F., Gentili, F., Guerrini, S., Mazzei, F., Pinto, A., et al. (2017). Incidental and Underreported Pleural Plaques at Chest CT: Do Not Miss Them - Asbestos Exposure Still Exists. BIOMED RESEARCH INTERNATIONAL, 2017, 1-8 [10.1155/2017/6797826].
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