Shrinking pleuritis with atelectasis. Specificity of abnormalities present at conventional radiography of the lung

L. Dernevik, I. Brolin, S. Larsson, K. Selin, Ulf Tylen, G. William-Olsson

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Abstract

Radiographic appearances claimed to be typical of shrinking pleuritis with atelectasis (SPA) were tested by mingling chest films from 6 SPA patients with those from 56 cancer cases. Two radiologists were asked to interpret the films independently, make a diagnosis, and state what abnormalities could be distinguished. No single abnormality or combination of abnormalities was found to be pathognomonic and the wish to diagnose the SPA cases led to misdiagnosis of cancer in one of 56 cases by each radiologist. To prevent underdiagnosis of cancer, further examinations are required. Careful follow-up of SPA cases, if they are not operated upon, is recommended.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)181-185
Number of pages5
JournalActa Radiologica - Series Diagnosis
Volume26
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1985
Externally publishedYes

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