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Abnormal FDG activity involving pleural thickening in Rt lower lateral lung base compatible with inflammatory VS early neoplasticism disease. Meaning?

Abnormal FDG activity involving pleural thickening in Rt lower lateral lung base compatible with inflammatory VS early neoplasticism disease. Meaning?

Pleural thickening: It means that the pleural thickening is metabolically active (i.e. It is not chronic scarring, which would be inactive). The 2 main possibilities for this, as you mention, are an active inflammation, which is benign, or neoplastic disease (tumor). Speak with your doctor. If the answer is not clear based on your entire clinical picture, biopsy could be needed to determine what it is. ...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


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What is pleural parenchymal scarring in the upper lung?

What is pleural parenchymal scarring in the upper lung?

Scaring sack: Scar tissue in pleural sac which surrounds the lung from prior infection or trauma. ...Read more

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Lung xray shows pleural thickening. Is that precursor to cancer?

Lung xray shows pleural thickening. Is that precursor to cancer?

Perhaps: There are many reasons for pleural thickening. Visit with your doctor; a ct scan may be useful to find out why you have this thickening. ...Read more

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Does pleural effusion create pressure on lungs?

Does pleural effusion create pressure on lungs?

It can: Pleural effusion I fluid collection in the space around the lungs. There are many causes. The fluid can compress the lung making it difficult to breathe. It may need to be drained. ...Read more

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Which is nodular pleural thickening of the right lung base?

Which is nodular pleural thickening of the right lung base?

Pleural change: Nodular pleural thickening means an abnormally thick lining of the lung. ...Read more

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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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"Minimal sub pleural interstitial changes suggested at the lower and outer left lung base" can someone explain this, in a very simple way, please?

"Minimal sub pleural interstitial changes suggested at the lower and outer left lung base" can someone explain this, in a very simple way, please?

Haziness: There is haziness seen on the scan Normal lung should appear black with white markings that signify the airways and vessels. They are seeing increased white markings (haziness) which is nonspecific and could be related to infection, inflammation, etc. Might be a good idea to repeat the scan after you've been treated to see if there is resolution of the haziness ...Read more

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What is the difference between lung nodule on pleural surface vs subpleural?

What is the difference between lung nodule on pleural surface vs subpleural?

Pleural/subpleural: A pleura is a serous membrane which folds back onto itself to form a two-layered membrane structure. The thin space between the two pleural layers is known as the pleural cavity and normally contains a small amount of pleural fluid. The outer pleura (parietal pleura) is attached to the chest wall. The inner pleura (visceral pleura) covers the lungs and adjoining structures. The subpleura is below it ...Read more

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Can you have small pleural effusion in both lungs post pneumonia being only in left?

Yes: Effusion appears due to infection, but also when you not taking deep breaths. So, even if infection one on one side, it's hard to take breath all together. You need to do some Yoga Breathing. May cause some coughing, but may help to open up those lungs. ...Read more

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What does abnormal cardiac enzymes in the blood mean? And does it relate to pleural thickening of the lungs?

What does abnormal cardiac enzymes in the blood mean? And does it relate to pleural thickening of the lungs?

Not related: Cardiac enzymes is the general term for chemicals that are inside heart muscle cells. If problems in the heart such as heart attack or other strain, they will be detectible in the blood.
This would not be related to thickening of pleural lung tissue. ...Read more

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Lung fields are clear. Blunting of the right costophrenic angle. - Right Basal Pleural Thickening. Is it serious?

This could be an: Old finding. A comparison to your last chest x-ray may be helpful. Follow-up with the ordering physician will help guide you as what to do next. ...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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H0w serious is pleural & parenchymal scarring in both upper lobes of my lungs. I had double pneumonia at the age of two?

H0w serious is pleural & parenchymal scarring in both upper lobes of my lungs. I had double pneumonia at the age of two?

It depends: On the extent. If it is a minor degree of scarring, it will probably have no impact on your lung function. If it is severe, you may have impaired pulmonary function. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with pleural tubercurlosis before, the liquid is hardened on lower side of my right lung, should I concern the liquid cavity?

I was diagnosed with pleural tubercurlosis before, the liquid is hardened on lower side of my right lung, should I concern the liquid cavity?

Need follow up: People who had TB in chest can have old scarred out area. No need to do anything unless it is large or unless you have symptoms such as fever, weight loss, pain or shortness of breath. It is possible always for someone to develop reactivation. It is important to stay healthy with good nutrition, no smoking, use of immuno-suppressive drugs etc. ...Read more

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Mother has diagnosis of carcinoid of the pleural space (not in the lung). Have you heard of any instance of this and how treated?

Mother has diagnosis of carcinoid of the pleural space (not in the lung). Have you heard of any instance of this and how treated?

I have not: Carcinoid can occur anywhere, but the key question is did it start there (unheard of or very rare), or did it spread to the pleural space from somewhere else (also very rare but more serious, and more plausible). Carcinoid tumors are best treated with surgery, but only if complete resection is feasible. It does no good to have surgery if the entire tumor cannot be removed. ...Read more

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My chest xray findings: clear lungs. Apical pleural thickening. Is it serious?

My chest xray findings: clear lungs. Apical pleural thickening. Is it serious?

Probably not.......: This is most likely the result of previous infection. Typically this thickening will look the same on the right and left with only some minor difference in thickness. If this is the case it is most likely nothing to worry about and just a follow-up chest xray to give you peace of mind. If there is a marked asymmetry or associated bone destruction this would need further evaluation. ...Read more

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Can pleural plaques cause pain during/after exertion due to the thickening of the lung lining?

Can pleural plaques cause pain during/after exertion due to the thickening of the lung lining?

Pleural plaques: In most cases are without any symptoms and without any cause no limitation of activity. The plaques may mean previous exposure to asbestos, so the future problems of asbestos exposure are to be watched, but the plaques present won't turn to cancer either. Unles the plaques are large and many, they don't affect breathing. ...Read more