A 60-year-old female asked:
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chest xray there was mild, minimal interstitial scarring -no sign of focal consolidation. i have never smoked. will it go away or get more serious?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Depends...: Sometimes, the changes you are referring to are the result of a prior problem, like a prior pneumonia, and the changes do not progress. If the x-ray findings don't change over a 2 year interval, they are considered benign. So, it is helpful if you have an old chest x-ray to compare it to. If not, you may need serial x-rays to monitor the situation.
Answered on Apr 18, 2014
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