Pulmonary Alveolar Microlithiasis

Authors

  • Balasubramaniam Gayathri Assistant Professor, PSG Medical College, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu
  • Sivanmani Keerthivasan Consultant Pulmonologist, KG hospital Pvt Ltd, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.3329/jom.v12i1.6111

Keywords:

Black pleura sign, calcium deposition, crazy paving pattern, pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis

Abstract

Pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis (PAM) is a rare idiopathic disease characterized by microliths in the lungs which is usually asymptomatic and often diagnosed incidentally. Here we discuss a case of a young woman while evaluating for surgery presented with an abnormal chest X ray of bilateral diffuse nodular opacities. Patient was completely asymptomatic. High resolution CT scan revealed crazy paving pattern, black pleura sign, and pleural calcification typical findings of pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis. CT guided lung biopsy confirmed the diagnosis.

Keyword: Black pleura sign; calcium deposition; crazy paving pattern; pulmonary alveolar microlithiasis

DOI: 10.3329/jom.v12i1.6111

J Medicine 2011; 12 : 55-57

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Sivanmani Keerthivasan, Consultant Pulmonologist, KG hospital Pvt Ltd, Coimbatore, Tamil Nadu


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Published

2011-01-21

How to Cite

Gayathri, B., & Keerthivasan, S. (2011). Pulmonary Alveolar Microlithiasis. Journal of Medicine, 12(1), 55–57. https://doi.org/10.3329/jom.v12i1.6111

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Case Reports