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What does "dependent atelectasis is present posteriorly within the lungs. Mild biapical pleural/parenchymal scarring is present." mean?

What does "dependent atelectasis is present posteriorly within the lungs. Mild biapical pleural/parenchymal scarring is present." mean?

Benign findings: Dependent atalectasis is just compression of the dependent lungs when lying down. A normal finding, mild bi-apical scarring is simply symmetric scar formation at the top of both lungs, usually associated with aging. Don't worry. ...Read more

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Atelectasis (Definition)

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Recent CT report states:scattered reactive lymph nodes within the neck. Biapical pleural parenchymal fibrosis at the lung apices is noted. Please expl?

Recent CT report states:scattered reactive lymph nodes within the neck. Biapical pleural parenchymal fibrosis at the lung apices is noted. Please expl?

Nothing worrisome: Reactive lymph nodes are lymph nodes that are prominent but not worrisome, presumably secondary to a recent infection. Fibrosis is scarring. On it's own, not a terrible thing. Slightly unusual for a 37 yr old though. May be from an old infection. However, if you smoke, this would be secondary to damage. ...Read more

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I had a ct done and it says "small focal area of pleural parenchymal fibrosis in mid posterior right chest"?

I had a ct done and it says "small focal area of pleural parenchymal fibrosis in mid posterior right chest"?

Likely benign: This could be from an old infection you had in the lung but it could also be due to other causes such as auto immune conditions. However, it's less likely to be anything serious. It's important for me to know why you had a CT in the first place.
Overall, less likely to be anything serious based on what you have posted. ...Read more

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Pleural bassed nodule at posterior aspect os mid cephalad right lower lobe of lung 7 x 4 mm. Also linear atelectasis within right midlung. Age 73?

Pleural bassed nodule at posterior aspect os mid cephalad right lower lobe of lung 7 x 4 mm. Also linear atelectasis within right midlung. Age 73?

Follow up of nodule: The linear atelectasis is nothing to worry about. The pleural based nodule sounds like a potentially benign nodule. Surveillance of a nodule of this size, however, is frequently recommended, particularly if you have a smoking history. Please sure to talk to your doctor for the appropriate steps. ...Read more

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What is scattered strands of fibrosis and linear atelectasis?

CT findings: Nonspecific findings of lung injury.

Usually not a big deal.

Check with your lung doc. ...Read more

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My husband got a routine chest x ray and there is findings of atelectasis fibrosis of left lower zone, no symptoms, is it serious?

My husband got a routine chest x ray and there is findings of atelectasis fibrosis of left lower zone, no symptoms, is it serious?

Scarring: This could be the result of an old infection such as pneumonia which can cause scarring or the findings you describe. Most likely not serious but a follow up chest X-ray or Ct scan in 3 months may be indicated. Speak with ur primary physician or lung doctor. Good luck ...Read more

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Chest CT scan subsegmental atelectasis versus fibrosis in medial margins of r \l upper lobes abutting mediastinum was f/u for 6mm ground glass nodule

Chest CT scan subsegmental atelectasis versus fibrosis in medial margins of r \l upper lobes abutting mediastinum was f/u for 6mm ground glass nodule

The fibrosis and: Atelectasis isn't anything to worry about, just some lung tissue collapsed on itself and scarring. The ground glass nodule is something that may need longer term follow up to make sure it doesn't grow. These can be due to something called atypical adenomatous hyperplasia (aah). ...Read more

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What is biapical pleural parenchymal scarring? I also have an elevated d-dimer, a spleen cyst (8cm) and an abnormal chest xray. Can provide more bac

What is biapical pleural parenchymal scarring? I also have an elevated d-dimer, a spleen cyst (8cm) and an abnormal chest xray. Can provide more bac

Refer to your doctor: Or the doctor who ordered those imaging studies and blood tests, should be explained within a clinical context, cannot give any advice based on such truncated information, you can use HealthTap Prime for virtual consult if you wish to have an advice and / or a discussion of your case, good luck ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnozed with COPD multiple emphysematous blebs bullae diffusely and fibrosis atelectatic calcified?

What to do if I have been diagnozed with COPD multiple emphysematous blebs bullae diffusely and fibrosis atelectatic calcified?

Depends: First thing to do is relax...

The best thing to do is see your doctor and get a pulmonary function test (PFT). This tests how good your lung function is. Based on those results, as well as your symptoms, you and your doctor can devise the best treatment plan.

COPD is not a death sentence. You can live a long, functional life with the disease. First thing to do is STOP SMOKING, if applicable. ...Read more

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How could pneumonia be gone 6 weeks and now have atelectasis and pleural effusion?

Common....: Atelectasis and pleural effusion can both occur with pneumonia. Atelectasis can heal faster if the patient takes frequent deep breaths and the use of an incentive spirometer will help with this. Ask your doctor to prescribe an incentive spirometer for you. The fluid around the lung will get reabsorbed over time. Get a repeat chest xray to make sure your lungs completely heal. Hope you feel better ...Read more

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Does having pleural effusion and atelectasis mean you have pneumonia still? Supposedly my pneumonia showed clearing on March 6. Please assist

Not necessarily.: The pleural effusion should be followed with chest x-ray to make sure it resolves. Atelectasis byself is not a result of pneuomina. Take care. ...Read more

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Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Probably normal: These changes are typical after pneumonia, but should resolve within 6-12 weeks. Ask whomever was treating you for the pneumonia about the need for a follow up chest X-ray in a couple months. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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pneumonia has been gone 6 weeks and now have atelectasis and pleural effusion? Was healthy prior to this. Blood work is good. Will I get better?

Yes: Do more deep breathing. Breath all the way in, hold as long as you can, slowly breath out. Wait a bit and repeat (so you don't get dizzy) ...Read more

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I am diagnosed subsegmental atelectasis, mild pleural thickening and swollen superior mediastinal and supraclavicular lymph nodes. All are releated?

Nodes: Possibly. You need a thorough check up and will probably need the nodes biopsied. There are many causes for those findings ...Read more

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What is meaning of starry sky parenchymal echotexture consistent with peri portal fibrosis...????

What is meaning of starry sky parenchymal echotexture consistent with peri portal fibrosis...????

Liver problem: This is often a reaction to a medication!!!)Suffices to say FURTHER STUDIES INDICATED!! You need to see a Gastroenterologist!! Ask your Primary Care Provider! ...Read more

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Can pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia cause pain in ribs and back?

Can pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia cause pain in ribs and back?

Yes: The presence of pleural fluid indicates involvement of the pleura - inflammation there (commonly called pleurisy) can accompany pneumonia and is painful with inspiration or cough. NSAIDs, (like ibuprofen) are often very effective for this type of pain. ...Read more

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Does pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia (6 weeks ago) make you feel run down? Weak and tired?

Does pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia (6 weeks ago) make you feel run down? Weak and tired?

Here are some. ..: The process of suffering from pneumonia and its Rx may take a lot of wind out of the patients; its pace of recovery may widely vary. All we can do is work closely with Doc to modify your internal and external environments so to optimize functional recovery with your own residual strength with healthy lifestyle without overindulgence & obsession in addition to drug use; give time & patience as well ...Read more

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Blood Tested negative for risk of PE. Have pleural effusion and atelectasis now upper left chest started burning sensation. Worry?

Blood Tested negative for risk of PE. Have pleural effusion and atelectasis now upper left chest started burning sensation. Worry?

Pleural effusion: Is not normal. If persistent, have your doctor investigate atypical infection such as TB or fungus and even cancer in rare cases. ...Read more

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MRI of abdomen shows mild left basilar atelectasis, no pleural effusions. Is this serious? I'm worried, and my follow up with Dr isn't until Monday..

MRI of abdomen shows mild left basilar atelectasis, no pleural effusions. Is this serious? I'm worried, and my follow up with Dr isn't until Monday..

No unless smoker: If smoker, worry till you stop because cancer could come; anyway if healthy might be just small airway collapse that will resolve with coughing and deep breathing and somewalking to get breathing more, might have been from recent upper airway cold or infection? Follow up with your dr. For repeat lung xray or ct scan ina few weeks after above ...Read more

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Hi doc.....this is the result of my medical x-ray.....1.left pleural effusion and 2.left upper zone fibrosis....can you explain to me what does it me?

Mgt: A virtual consult may be helpful and you can upload the files to your EMR.
From your description an area of your left upper lung field has scar tissue. The left pleural effusion is a collection of fluid around the lung itself. This may be caused by infection for example. Have you had a recent lung infection? TB testing? ...Read more

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HRCT scan chest result focal parenchymal fibrosis rt middle & left lower lobe. W/mammal residual ground glass/opacities. What is the meaning? Prognosis

HRCT scan chest result focal parenchymal fibrosis rt middle & left lower lobe. W/mammal residual ground glass/opacities. What is the meaning? Prognosis

Hard to know: The findings indicate changes to lung structure in these areas, possibly some scarring and possibly with some fluid/inflammation of the smallest air pockets. Without more knowledge of the clinical history, however, any meaningful interpretation is impossible. The physician who ordered the test will discuss within context of the medical situation. ...Read more

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What's a 14mm noncalcified left upper lobe parenchymal pulmonary mass adjacent atelectasis. Left upper lobe bronchus/hillar peribronchial cuffing/thick?

Mgt PHI: The imaging may be uploaded to an inbox consultation. From your description I would suggest a follow up imaging study with an evaluation with additional information. Have you smoked? Is there a family history of cancer? Have you been tested for any infections?
The mass is probably impinging on the airway and causing areas of collapse, called atelectasis. This area is prone to secondary infection ...Read more

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Have constant hands going numb at night during sleep. Is this related to atelectasis and pleural effusion I have or just nerve being pinched?

Probably the latter.: I cannot think of correlation between pleural effusion and atelectasis causing hand numbness, though positional symptoms might suggest it. More importantly, the underlying cause of the pleural effusion might have something to do with hand symptoms. Perhaps your doctor might have a better explanation. ...Read more

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Would parenchymal fibrosis of upper lungs explain chest and shoulder/scapula pain? I had pleurisy w effusion earlier this year. Sle. Now this.

Would parenchymal fibrosis of upper lungs explain chest and shoulder/scapula pain? I had pleurisy w effusion earlier this year. Sle. Now this.

No: Pleurisy, fibromyalgia (often seen with sle), cervical disk disease, overuse, muscle strain are all common causes of pain in this distribution with sle. You should see your doctor for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read more

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Pneumonia lower left, fluid right March 4. Xray tues show left white and right. Ct scan wed showed left clear right pleural effusion & atelectasis.?

Here are some. ..: For an average 34-y-o female, you seemed getting a lot of radiation more than the necessity which most likely could be taken care of by good Hx + physical exam + effective counseling + collaborative F/U. Nonetheless, work closely with Doc. Besides, today's medical care has been under high pressure of political correctness, consumerism, & commercialism. Keeping these in mind will help the future. ...Read more