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A 37-year-old female asked:

I had a chest x-ray. it said left hilar is lower than right hilar. it also says there is some ground glass opacification. what's this?

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Dr. Dmitry Rakita
Specializes in Radiology
It depends, as alway: Ground glass opacity typically refers to an area of increased density in the lung on X-Ray or CAT Scan. This could reflect infection, inflammation or scarring or even be an artifact. Vessells and bronchi (air tubes) make up the hilar structures on X-Ray. Hilar abnormality could be related to normal asymmetry or enlarged lymph nodes. Both findings could be clarified with CAT Scan if your PCP agrees

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Last updated Oct 11, 2020

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