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A 38-year-old female asked:

What does it mean, when my chest ct scan shows that i have multiple patches of ground glass infiltrates, and should i be worried because my doctor isn?

2 doctor answers4 doctors weighed in
Dr. Cynthia Anderson
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Could be scar tissue: It may be due to scar tissue in your lungs from a recent infection or chronic scarring from prior irritation to the lungs from tobacco or chemical exposures. As long as your breathing tests are stable, the approach is usually to watch it and see if it resolves over time with future scans.
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Dr. Steven Greenberg
Radiology 33 years experience
Has to be correlated with your clinical circumstances, what if any risk factors, etc. There are follow recommendations for ground glass opacities depending on number, characteristics, size, etc. See groung glass densities not infrequently on CT. Most often ends up being ok
Sep 14, 2013
Dr. Sri Sundararaman
Radiation Oncology 29 years experience
Probably chronic : Usually these are findings due to prior swelling or infection in lungs; even based on where you grew up. We use stability on cts to confirm benign nature. Sometimes treatment w/ antibiotics considered. Biopsy considered with hi risk though age & smoking history important.
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Last updated Jan 5, 2019


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