broncholith


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broncholith

 [brong´ko-lith]
a hard mass or concretion in a bronchus or bronchi, formed around an inorganic center or from calcified portions of lung tissue or adjacent lymph nodes. Called also bronchial calculus.

bron·cho·lith

(brong'kō-lith),
A hard concretion in a bronchus, usually resulting from the erosion of a tuberculous or other granulomatous lymph node through the bronchial wall into the lumen.
Synonym(s): bronchial calculus
[broncho- + G. lithos, stone]

bron·cho·lith

(brong'kō-lith)
A hard concretion in a bronchus or bronchial tube.
[broncho- + G. lithos, stone]
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Caption: FIGURE 3: CT chest axial, slice inferior to Figure 2, showing broncholith in left lower lobe bronchus (arrow).
Caption: FIGURE 4A: Bronchoscopic view of the broncholith partly buried in the airway wall.
Caption: FIGURE 4B: Bronchoscopic view of the broncholith as it is attached to the end of the scope via suction as it passes through the nasopharynx on its way out.
Bronchoscopy is useful to locate and extract broncholiths, but fails to detect adjacent calcifications because it is obscured by the inflammatory process.