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    ABSTRACT: Discrepancies still exist in the diagnosis of primary pulmonary cryptococcosis in immunocompetent patients. To describe and evaluate radiological manifestations of pulmonary cryptococcosis in immunocompetent patients. Twenty-six histopathologically confirmed cases of pulmonary cryptococcosis were analyzed for clinical, pathological, and CT characteristics. Necessary statistical tests for differences in CT presentations and correlation analysis between clinical and CT characteristics were performed. The patients' ages ranged from 24 to 79 years, with 20 men and six women. Eighteen patients were symptomatic, with cough as the most common symptom (n = 14, 53.8%). Nodules (n = 21, 80.8%) were the most common CT findings. Eight cases presented with solitary and nine with multiple nodules, while 13 cases presented with irregular and 19 with ill-defined nodules. The halo sign was demonstrated, encompassing nodules in 14 of the 21 patients. Lesions were mainly localized in the lower lobes of the lungs (n = 15, 57.7%) with peripheral distribution (n = 18, 69.2%). Ground-glass opacities (GGOs) were more easily detected in older patients (66.7%, P <0.01). No significant differences in CT abnormalities were found between male and female patients. Primary pulmonary cryptococcosis in immunocompetent patients exhibits certain CT characteristics. The typical presentation includes multiple nodules with the halo sign scattered in the peripheral field in the lower lobes of the bilateral lungs. This could contribute to diagnosis of the disease entity. However, vigilance should be exercised when facing GGOs, with or without nodules, in older patients.
    Acta Radiologica 07/2012; 53(6):668-74. · 1.33 Impact Factor
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    ABSTRACT: The aim of the study was to retrospectively investigate the CT features in peripheral T-cell lymphoma (PTCL) of the gastrointestinal tract in the Chinese population. Computed tomography scans of 15 histopathologically proven cases of PTCL involving the gastrointestinal tract were retrospectively reviewed for characteristics such as sites, multiplicity, morphological features, the pattern and degree of contrast enhancement, lymphadenopathy, involvement of other organs and complications such as perforation, intussusceptions, ascites and so on. By reviewing the literature, CT findings of PTCL involving the gastrointestinal tract were compared with that involved by B-cell lymphoma. PTCLs involved the stomach and intestine in six and nine patients, respectively. Multiplicity was seen in seven patients, and solitary involvement was seen in eight. At CT, wall thickening was the predominant finding in all cases with an exception of one intestinal PTCL case presented as polypoid mass. Among the 14 patients, the gastric or bowel wall thickening was mild (<10 mm) in three, moderate (10-20 mm) in 10 and severe (>20 mm) in one. Nine cases demonstrated mild homogeneous enhancement, whereas six showed mild heterogeneous enhancement. Lymphadenopathy was present in eight patients, five of which were non-bulky (diameter <5 cm) and diffuse type and the rest (three) were non-bulky and localised type. Other organs were involved in four patients. Perforation as complication was evident in one gastric and five intestinal lymphomas (55.6%). Among the nine intestinal PTCLs, seven of the patients were male (77.9%) and the rest (two) were female with a median age of 37.1 years old. Intestinal PTCLs predominantly involved colon (n = 5). Other sites of involvement were ileum (n = 1), ileocaecum (n = 1), ileum and ileocaecum (n = 1) and entire bowel segment from distal ileum to transverse colon (n = 1). PTCLs have some distinguishing radiological features from B-cell type gastrointestinal lymphomas as mild or moderate gastric or bowel wall thickening and higher incidence of perforation with multiplicity. In China, intestinal PTCLs are not usually associated with coeliac disease and commonly present in a young male population with colon being the most frequent site of involvement.
    Journal of Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology 04/2012; 56(2):143-50. · 0.98 Impact Factor