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Radiologe. 2004 May;44(5):465-71.

[Diagnostic imaging of pulmonary lymphangiosis carcinomatosis].

[Article in German]

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  • 1Radiologisch-Diagnostisches Institut, Fachkrankenhaus für Lungenheilkunde und Thoraxchirurgie, Berlin.


The diagnosis of pulmonary lymphangiosis carcinomatosa (PLC) is of great importance for the prognostically-oriented therapy stratification of tumor patients. In this field, high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT) is the state of the art in imaging. Using HRCT, it is possible to identify pulmonary parenchymal structures in a detailed fashion to evaluate interstitial patterns. This step is preceded by an x-ray of the thorax that detects pathological findings and rules out other diseases. The typical characteristics of PLC are described with particular attention to HR-phenomenology, and discussed in comparison with the literature regarding anatomy and pathogenesis. Finally, conclusions are drawn for differential diagnosis and supported by characteristic cases.

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