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Diffuse pleural thickening has new definition for claims

BMJ 2009; 339 doi: (Published 29 September 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;339:b3953
  1. Jennifer L Hoyle, consultant physician1,
  2. Jonathan K R Walker, respiratory registrar1
  1. 1North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester M8 5RB
  1. jennifer.hoyle{at}

    Currie and colleagues define diffuse pleural thickening in a chest radiograph as “a smooth continuous pleural density affecting 25% of the lateral chest wall, with or without blunting of the costophrenic angle.”1

    The definition …

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