A 38-year-old female asked:
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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?

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Dr. Cynthia Anderson
19 years experience Radiation Oncology
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.
Answered on Jan 5, 2019
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Dr. Steven Greenberg
31 years experience Radiology
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
27 years experience Radiation Oncology
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.
Answered on Oct 14, 2018
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