Pleura & peritoneum

Pleura nonneoplastic conditions

Pleural plaques

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Vaidehi Avadhani, M.D.
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Cite this page: Avadhani V. Pleural plaques. website. Accessed February 8th, 2023.
Definition / general
  • Due to chronic injury of pleural surface
  • Do not contain asbestos bodies but rare if no asbestos history (may be from other pneumoconiosis)
  • May induce pleural effusions but usually no symptoms
Gross description
  • On parietal pleura near vertebral column, lower lung, dome of diaphragm
Gross images

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Fibrotic plaque on diaphragm

Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Well circumscribed plaques of dense, hyalinized, acellular collagen, may have with basketweave morphology, often calcified
Microscopic (histologic) images

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Dense layers of collagen

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