Jornal Brasileiro de Pneumologia
versão On-line ISSN 1806-3756
MONTESSI, Jorge et al. Pulmonary amyloidosis: radiographic finding of nodular opacities in a heavy smoker. J. bras. pneumol. [online]. 2007, vol.33, n.3, pp.343-346. ISSN 1806-3756. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S1806-37132007000300017.
Pulmonary amyloidosis is a rare disease, characterized by extracellular deposition of fibrillary protein in the lungs. Amyloidosis is a generic term for a heterogeneous group of diseases, including Alzheimer's disease and type 2 diabetes mellitus. In the respiratory system, it appears in various forms: tracheobronchial; nodular pulmonary; and alveolar septal (diffuse parenchymal). We present the case of a woman who was a 20 pack-year smoker and had nodular pulmonary amyloidosis, as diagnosed through tests performed prior to laparoscopic cholecystectomy.
Palavras-chave : Amyloidosis [diagnosis]; Lymphoproliferative disorders; Neoplasms; Lung.