A 54-year-old female asked:
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i recently had a chest xray during a viral infection. the results showed "prominent interstitial markings bilaterally." what does this mean? worried!

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Dr. Slade Suchecki
17 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: Depends on other health issues going on. Chest xrays w/ prominent interstitial markings include a large variety of abnormal processes such as inflammation, edema, lung disease and environmental exposure. A viral infection could certainly explain your xray, however, if your respiratory condition persists, i would follow-up with a physician.
Answered on Mar 16, 2017
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