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pulmonary masses on the chest radiograph

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Pulmonary masses are interstitial opacities of greater than 3 cm diameter on the chest radiograph.

The causes of multiple pulmonary masses include:

  • neoplasia:
    • bronchial carcinoma
    • lymphoma
    • metastases
    • hamartoma

  • granuloma:
    • tuberculosis
    • fungal lung disease
    • rheumatoid lung
    • Wegener's granulomatosis

  • abscess

  • congenital:
    • sequestered segment
    • bronchogenic cyst
    • arteriovenous malformation

  • miscellaneous:
    • haematoma
    • infarct
    • progressive massive fibrosis
    • amyloidosis
    • hydatid cyst


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