A 32-year-old male asked:
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my son 2 year old was diagnosed with chest infection in x ray and prior x ray after month shows calcification, and it's been two month his cough is mild but still persist. why so?

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Dr. Lauren Bickel
Specializes in Family Medicine
Needs re-evaluation : The most common lung infections (pneumonia especially) will show improvement on the chest X-ray after about 3 weeks when treated with antibiotics. Some fungal infections (histoplasmosis) can cause calcified areas in lungs (not sure if disease is found in your area?) . Tuberculosis can also cause this kind of change on a chest X-ray.recommend a follow up call/visit with the Dr since cough persists
Answered on Apr 13, 2020
Dr. Amrita Dosanjh
35 years experience Pediatrics and Pediatric Pulmonology
Consider an inbox HT: Calcification may indicate that he had a fungal infection or TB. Please see your Pediatrician for re evaluation and testing of his secretions for bacterial, fungal,AFB culture and smear, gastric aspirates obtained in the morning and sent for cultures and a blood test for white cell count, CRP and TB screening. Consider an immune work up, as indicated. Please evaluate growth chart. Inbox/HT consult
Answered on Apr 13, 2020

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