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J Korean Soc Radiol. 2015 Oct;73(4):209-215. English. Original Article.
Lee SW , Shim SS , Kim Y , Ryu YJ .
Department of Radiology, Mokdong Hospital, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine, Mokdong Hospital, Ewha Womans University School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.

PURPOSE: To review the common causes of non-cardiovascular chest pain (NCCP) according to the location and lesion type as seen on chest CT, and to evaluate CT findings in tuberculosis (TB) as a cause of NCCP. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In the period 2009 to 2012, patients having NCCP without definitive evidence of acute myocardial infarction, pulmonary thromboembolism, and aortic dissection, were included. In total, 162 patients (60.5% male; 39.5% female), with a mean age of 51 years, were enrolled. CT images were evaluated by location and lesion type, for causes of NCCP. RESULTS: Chest CT revealed that the most common location for the cause of NCCP was the pleura (45.1%), followed by the subpleural lung parenchyma (30.2%). The most common lesion causing NCCP was TB (33.3%), followed by pneumonia (19.1%). Of the 54 TB cases, 40 (74.1%) were stable TB and 14 (25.9%) were active TB; among these 54 patients, NCCP was most commonly the result of fibrotic pleural thickening (55.6%), followed by subpleural stable pulmonary TB (14.8%). CONCLUSION: Results of chest CT revealed that TB was a major cause of NCCP in a TB endemic area. Among the TB patients, fibrotic pleural thickening in patients with stable TB was the most common cause of NCCP.

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