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56/m (ex-smoker) - is it common or rare for bacterial pneumonia (along with parapneumonic effusion) to cause pleural thickening?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
It depends whether: it is diffuse(i.e. involving the whole lung) or focal pleural thickening. It would be exceedingly rare for bacterial pneumonia to cause diffuse pleural thickening, but relatively common to cause focal pleural thickening and/or effusion as a reaction to the adjacent infection.
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
Pediatric Pulmonology 36 years experience
Mgt.: Pleural thickening may occur as a result of chronic inflammation from infection and non infectious causes. The image may be uploaded for virtual consultation.

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