Fibrothorax

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Fibrothorax is local / diffuse thickening of the pleura by fibrous tissue (after inflammation / trauma), sometimes with calcifications.

Content[edit | edit source]

  • 1Etiology and pathogenesis
  • 2Clinical picture
  • 3Therapy
  • 4Links
    • 4.1related articles
    • 4.2References

Etiology and pathogenesis[edit | edit source]

  • Untreated pleural effusion , hemothorax , TB , silicosis , asbestosis .
  • If the empyema lasts longer → septal formation, thickening + hardening of the visceral pleura.

Clinical picture[edit | edit source]

  • Severe restrictive ventilation disorder (ventilation → respiration failure).Chest X-ray - fibrothorax on the right

Therapy[edit | edit source]

  • Decortication (removal of the visceral pleura; allows the development of the oppressed lung x very burdensome).

Links[edit | edit source]

related articles[edit | edit source]

  • Pleural effusion
  • Hemothorax
  • Chylothorax
  • Empyem

References[edit | edit source]

  • CHILD, P., et al. Internal Medicine. 2nd edition. Prague: Galén, 2007.  ISBN 978-80-7262-496-6 .