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Inferior pulmonary ligament lymphadenopathy: Demonstration by computed tomography

  • Gordon Cross
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    Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A.
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  • John H. Woodring
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    Address reprint requests to John H. Woodring, MD, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, University of Kentucky, 800 Rose St., Lexington, Kentucky 40536-0084.
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    Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Albert B. Chandler Medical Center, University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky, U.S.A.
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      Abstract

      Inferior pulmonary ligament lymphadenopathy is common in bronchogenic carcinoma and may also occur in lymphoma and potentially in any condition which may cause intrathoracic lymphadenopathy. Despite the apparent frequency with which inferior pulmonary ligament lymphadenopathy occurs, we have been unable to find a description of the computed tomographic findings of this condition. In a patient with lymphoma, we found inferior pulmonary ligament lymphadenopathy by computed tomography as an oval, elongated soft-tissue density arising within the inferior pulmonary ligament and still attached to the mediastinum by a piece of the normal ligament. We believe that this appearance should be sufficient for the correct computed tomographic diagnosis of inferior pulmonary ligament lymphadenopathy.

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