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Smoker I've been coughing up phlegm tinged with blood at times I had a CT scan it states that their is cystic changes and a parenchymal density lung ?

Smoker I've been coughing up phlegm tinged with blood at times I had a CT scan it states that their is cystic changes and a parenchymal density lung
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Parenchymal density: is a very nonspecific term, unfortunately. It could mean anything from scar to mass to pneumonia to collapse of a small lung segment. Without the images to review, it is difficult to determine. Likewise, there are both acute and chronic causes of cystic changes. The nonspecific report verbiage needs to be interpreted in conjunction with the images themselves and your clinical picture. ...Read more

Dr. Angelina Postoev
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Phlegm (Definition)

Phlegm is the thick, sticky mucus secreted by the surface of the respiratory tract during a cold or other respiratory infection. The respiratory tract includes the nose and sinuses, throat, voice box, bronchi, and lungs. Phlegm is mucus that may contain bacteria, viruses, respiratory surface cells, and inflammatory cells. Normal mucus is not phlegm, but a protective layer secreted ...Read more


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Is breathlessness,water in lungs,flem,black stools & weakness sign of pulmonary TB. My father 81 has been diagnosed with it & on meds.thx?

Is breathlessness,water in lungs,flem,black stools & weakness sign of pulmonary TB. My father 81 has been diagnosed with it & on meds.thx?

See answer: He may have active TB which could cause fluid to accumulate outside of his lung in the space between his lung and chest wall(pleural effusion) and cause breathlessness. Fluid in the lung would be due to a separate condition, such as CHF. Black stools indicate he's bleeding from the upper gastrointestinal system, such as a bleeding stomach ulcer. ...Read more

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Phlegm in my lungs for almost 8 months?

Phlegm in my lungs for almost 8 months?

Phlegm: This is something that should be evaluated by your doctor. It can be as minor as allergies or as severe as pneumonia. Your doctor can help you find the answer. ...Read more

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I have a lot of phlegm in my lungs, what to do?

I have a lot of phlegm in my lungs, what to do?

Guaifenesin: Guaifenesin can help loosen phlegm and thin secretions, making them easier to expel with coughing or clearing of throat. ...Read more

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Can you tell me how I could get to phlegm on the top of the lungs?

Can you tell me how I could get to phlegm on the top of the lungs?

Ask again: Sorry I am trying to figure out what you are asking and am having trouble. Can you please ask your question again? If you are asking what's a good expectorant you can use..then try Mucinex (guaifenesin) ...Read more

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Brown phlegm with blood in the morning is it coming from lungs?

Brown phlegm with blood in the morning is it coming from lungs?

Brown phlegm: It would be either old blood from the nose/lungs' or a possible pneumonia. If you are otherwise fine, you could probably watch it for now, but with any change i would have you see our doctor. ...Read more

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My lungs have phlegm I think. Noticeable when I exercise. It even vibrates deep & low in my lungs, but I feel great & can breathe perfectly. Cause?

Have it checked: Your friendly lung doc can do a thorough history and physical examination. He/she can determine if additional testing such as PFTs, CXR or CT are useful. Good luck and all the best. ...Read more

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Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

Can phlegm in your lungs have a metallic taste when coughing?

My perspective: As a dentist you may have some old failing fillings that as you cough may make you notice the metallic taste (assuming you have amalgam/silver fillings) as far as what coming out of your lungs you may want to consult your md if this doesnt clear up quickly! ...Read more

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Is it true that phlegm really gets into our lungs when we swallow it?

No: Mucus is formed by cells that line the bronchial tubes. It is cleared into the throat where it typically is swallowed unconsciously. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more