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Florid Bronchial Cartilage Ossification: A Case Report With Literature Revisited

Desai, Heena Maulek MD Pathology; Amonkar, Gayathri Prashant MD, DNB Pathology

American Journal of Forensic Medicine & Pathology: June 2013 - Volume 34 - Issue 2 - p 125–126
doi: 10.1097/PAF.0b013e31828ce657
Case Reports

Abstract: Pulmonary ossification is a rare phenomenon which has been observed in the lungs of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, pulmonary fibrosis, and tuberculosis. It has also been observed as a part of aging process. Approximately 130 cases of pulmonary ossification have been reported in literature so far. We report here an unusual autopsy case of bone and bone marrow metaplasia in the bronchial wall and discuss theories related to the development of metaplastic ossification.

From the Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

Manuscript received March 25, 2012; accepted September 10, 2012.

The authors report no conflicts of interest.

Reprints: Heena Maulek Desai, MD Pathology, Topiwala National Medical College & BYL Nair Charitable Hospital, Mumbai, Maharashtra, India. E-mail: drheena81@gmail.com.

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.