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My friend had a chest xray done today report shows nonhomogenous shadowing with fibrocalcific changes seen in right upper zone of lung chronic inflammatory disease pulmonary tuberculosis please tell me what dose it means?

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Dr. Larry Lutwick
Infectious Disease 50 years experience
The X-ray suggests..: Pulmonary tuberculosis but does not say anything about whether the patient has active infection. Symptoms suggesting activity are fever, cough, night sweats and weight loss. Your friend needs to see a doctor and have sputum tested for the tubercle bacillus.
Dr. Klaus d Lessnau
Pulmonary Critical Care 37 years experience
Old tb?: Sounds like old TB but your friend should see a pulmonologist to know for sure.
Dr. Aruna Adaikkalam
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
Not clear why was the chest xray done andwhat were his symptoms. If he had any symptoms and other than this old TB changes , there was no other abnormal lung shadow ,than this shadow is to be considered accounting for symptoms. Reactivation TB,scar cancer are possible from old TB .As Dr.Lessnau,MD recommended get an appt . with pulmonologist for evaluation and reassurance.
Nov 14, 2012

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