A 73-year-old woman with mild shortness of breath and multiple central calcified pulmonary nodules

Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, New York Methodist Hospital, New York, NY 11215, USA.
Chest (Impact Factor: 7.48). 09/2008; 134(2):460-4. DOI: 10.1378/chest.07-1955
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The diagnostic workup for multiple calcified pulmonary nodules can be a challenge for clinicians. The differential diagnosis of multiple calcified pulmonary nodules includes a broad spectrum of etiologies, the most important of which are neoplastic and infectious. A detailed medical history and radiographic description, with particular emphasis on the location and, to a lesser extent, the morphology, number, and size of nodules and other associated radiographic abnormalities usually help to narrow the differential diagnosis. This discussion focuses on the differential diagnosis and the workup of multiple calcified pulmonary nodules.

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