|Year : 2019 | Volume
| Issue : 3 | Page : 94-95
Right lung broncholith
Darpanarayan Hazra, Ajay Christopher, Kundavaram Paul Prabhakar Abhilash
Department of Emergency Medicine, CMC, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India
|Date of Submission||26-Jul-2019|
|Date of Acceptance||09-Aug-2019|
|Date of Web Publication||26-Sep-2019|
Dr. Darpanarayan Hazra
Department of Emergency Medicine, CMC, Vellore - 632 004, Tamil Nadu
Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None
|How to cite this article:|
Hazra D, Christopher A, Abhilash KP. Right lung broncholith. Curr Med Issues 2019;17:94-5
| Question|| |
A 50-year-old woman presented with complaints of low-grade fever for 1 month and dry cough and intermittent hemoptysis.
Shown here is her chest radiograph, what is your diagnosis?
| Answer|| |
Posteroanterior radiograph shows an irregular calcified nodule in the right middle lobe of the lung (arrow), suggestive of a broncholith. [Figure 1]
A broncholith is defined as the presence of calcified material within tracheobronchial tree or within a cavity communicating with a bronchus. They originate from calcified peribronchial lymph nodes which subsequently erode the bronchus. They may remain asymptomatic or may produce nonspecific symptoms. It is most frequently caused by histoplasmosis or tuberculosis (TB)., Bronchial distortion, irritation, and erosion by broncholiths can cause bronchiectasis, cough, recurrent pneumonias, hemoptysis, and dyspnea. Life-threatening complications, such as massive hemoptysis or bronchoesophageal fistulas, can also occur. Broncholiths may not be diagnosed for a prolonged period because of its varied presentation. Radiographic findings include the presence of a calcified nodule along with the underlying disease processes, namely airway obstruction, mucoid impaction, bronchiectasis, or expiratory air trapping. Other radiographic findings may include the disappearance of a previously identified calcified nidus or change in position of a calcified nidus.,
Broncholiths are often detected during evaluating symptoms of complications, e.g., hemoptysis and recurrent chest infection. Broncholiths should be removed preferably through a rigid bronchoscope.,
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