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A 73-Year-Old Woman With Mild Shortness of Breath and Multiple Central Calcified Pulmonary Nodules*

Rani Kumaran, MD; Anthony Saleh, MD, FCCP; Bijal Amin, MD; Suhail Raoof, MD, FCCP
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*From the Department of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine (Drs. Kumaran, Saleh, and Raoof), New York Methodist Hospital, Brooklyn, NY; and the Department of Pathology (Dr. Amin), New York Weill Cornell Medical Center, New York, NY.

Correspondence to: Suhail Raoof, MD, FCCP, New York Methodist Hospital, 506 6th St, New York, NY 11215; e-mail: sur9016@nyp.org



Chest. 2008;134(2):460-464. doi:10.1378/chest.07-1955
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The diagnostic workup for multiple calcified pulmonary nodules can be a challenge for clinicians. The differential diagnosis of multiple calcified pulmonary nodules includes a broad spectrum of etiologies, the most important of which are neoplastic and infectious. A detailed medical history and radiographic description, with particular emphasis on the location and, to a lesser extent, the morphology, number, and size of nodules and other associated radiographic abnormalities usually help to narrow the differential diagnosis. This discussion focuses on the differential diagnosis and the workup of multiple calcified pulmonary nodules.

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