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What is the meaning of increased interstitial markings when found on a chest x ray?

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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 53 years experience
Several things: Interstitial markings in lungs are characterized by lines and dots with disease processes affecting the intersititium.Interstitium, lace-like network of tissue that extends throughout both lungs, provides support to the lungs alveoli. Tiny blood vessels travel through interstitium, allowing gas exchange between blood and air. Fibrosis or scarring, infection, changes from smoking.Asbestosis, etc.

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A female asked:

Chest X-ray shows - increased interstitial markings and prominent hila. What does this mean? what would be the treatment?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 34 years experience
It is an xray: finding, not a specific diagnosis. There are numerous potential acute and chronic processes that can produce this finding. So your doctor needs to determine the underlying cause, and treat that.
Last updated Jun 21, 2020


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