An 84 year old man complains of shortness of breath. His chest x-ray reveals diffuse pleaural plaques.

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An 84 year old man complains of shortness of breath. His chest x-ray reveals diffuse pleaural plaques. On further questioing it transpires that he was involved in the insulation work in the construction trade between 1940 and 1970. Investigation of this man's sputum is likely to reveal

a) ferruginous bodies
b) amyloid deposits
c) Streptococcal laden macrophages
d) Heberden's nodes
e) Foamy macrophages


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