Progressive apical pleural fibrosis: a 'constrictive' ventilatory defect

R M Oliver, E Neville
British Journal of Diseases of the Chest 1988, 82 (4): 439-43
We report two patients with bilateral apical pleural fibrosis which may be a form of benign asbestos-related pleurisy, one of these being steroid responsive. The pulmonary function defect of reduced lung volumes with raised gas transfer coefficient is characteristic and is best described as 'constrictive'.

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