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Thoracolithiasis is a rare benign pulmonary entity that should be differentiated from other potentially harmful lung pathology based on characteristic radiologic findings, including extrapleural location and demonstration of mobility on serial imaging.






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Bilateral Mobile Thoracolithiasis

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Thoracolithiasis is the presence of one or more freely mobile pleural stones (with or without calcification) in the pleural space. They occur with a reported incidence of less than 0.1% and are benign and do not require intervention. Historically, they have led to unnecessary interventions - something unlikely in the era of multidetector computed tomography (CT). Thoracolithiasis should be included in the differential diagnosis of a single or multiple, mobile peripheral pulmonary nodules. Here, we review the imaging characteristics of a rare case of bilateral mobile thoracolithiasis.






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