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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

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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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If i have a very severe cough that takes like 10 minutes to clear phlegm that im pretty sure is from my lungs does that mean i could have bronchitis?

If i have a very severe cough that takes like 10 minutes to clear phlegm that im pretty sure is from my lungs does that mean i could have bronchitis?

See below: There are a number of possible reasons for a cough depending on the context: Post nasal drip from sinuses, acute bronchitis, pneumonia, chronic bronchitis and other causes. For an overview of the various causes for coughing See > http:///bit.ly/1PQ3UFM ...Read more

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Can clear phlegm that sometimes is white and clumpy be a lung infection? Thanks.

Can clear phlegm that sometimes is white and clumpy  be a lung infection? Thanks.

Sure, but unlikely: One of the main signs of an infection is a fever. Clear mucus is generally normal. If you are having any symptoms, you should talk with your family practice doctor. ...Read more

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Is spitting 1-2 times per day clear phlegm with brown spots a sign of the lungs functioning properly?

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Is spitting 1-2 times per day clear phlegm with brown spots a sign of the lungs functioning properly?

See a doctor: Brown spots in your phlegm doesn't sound like properly functioning lungs. I would see your doctor as soon as possible. ...Read more

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My 3yo has had an onset of cough for 9 days.Some phlegm.Md says no redness &clear lungs.Seems to happen more at exact moment of eating, not limited to?

My 3yo has had an onset of cough for 9 days.Some phlegm.Md says no redness &clear lungs.Seems to happen more at exact moment of eating, not limited to?

See below:: He could be still recovering from a viral upper respiratory illness-at his age he is unable to clear & coordinate his post nasal drip mucus moving in the back of his throat. Other possibilities if similar symptoms, yet continuing for many weeks/mos: vasomotor rhinitis-not caused by an infection or allergy. Exact cause is unknown. ...Read more

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Chesty cough>6wk,X-ray show lung well expanded no collapse/consolidation.licency of lung marking within both upper lobes.is it serious?clear phlegm.

Chesty cough>6wk,X-ray show lung well expanded no collapse/consolidation.licency of lung marking within both upper lobes.is it serious?clear phlegm.

Cough: Good question. If the xray is normal, it means you dont have a pneumonia. You could still have bronchitis or cough asthma as causes for the cough. You may need to see a pukmonologist ...Read more

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I have cough and it's been quite a while now. No fever and my chest xray says my lungs are clear. Phlegm's clear. What could this be?

I have cough and it's been quite a while now. No fever and my chest xray says my lungs are clear. Phlegm's clear. What could this be?

See below: Chronic cough can be related to cough variant asthma, the most common one however is habitual cough. See a doctor for treatment. ...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