Diffuse interlobular septal thickening in a coal miner

S G Thrumurthy, S Kearney, M Sissons, Y Haider
2009 Thorax  
Diffuse interlobular septal thickening (DIST) is an abnormality seen on high-resolution CT (HRCT) scanning of the thorax. While DIST may be present to variable extents in a number of lung conditions, it is uncommon as a predominant finding except in a few entities. This report features an ex-coal miner, thought to have coal workers' pneumoconiosis (CWP), in whom the HRCT scan showed no evidence of CWP and instead showed DIST. The patient's condition progressed incessantly towards death from
more » ... re secondary pulmonary hypertension. The case links fatal pulmonary hypertension to DIST, a pattern not previously described in coal workers.
doi:10.1136/thx.2009.121418 pmid:20029040 fatcat:6f5g4vprk5hwpbh2daggt555ym