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Dr. Rodney Del Valle
Board Certified, Anesthesiology
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My CT discovered 6 lung nodules from .2 - .8 cm. .8 node is calcified, others are not. Discoid atelectasis in the upper right lung. Concerning?

Dr. Rodney Del Valle
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My CT discovered 6 lung nodules from .2 - .8 cm.  .8 node is calcified, others are not.  Discoid atelectasis in the upper right lung.  Concerning?

Yes: Many causes including metastatic cancer. Do you have history of cancer? Breast, colon, prostrate and bladder most common. Also non cancerous conditions like hamartomas, sarcoidosis, rhemautoid nodules, infectious conditions, lymphomas and kaposis sarcomas etc. Please, see a pulmonologist if this is a new finding. Good luck. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
51 years in practice
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Discoid atelectasis sign of cancer?

Dr. Addagada Rao
Board Certified, General Surgery
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Discoid atelectasis sign of cancer?

NO: Many non cancerous conditions will cause discoid altelectasis of lung ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
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My husband has some minor linear atelectasis in the left lingula with slight dependant atelectasis at the lung base also mild right hilar lymphadenop?

Dr. Lokesh Guglani
Board Certified, Pediatric Pulmonology
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My husband has some minor linear atelectasis in the left lingula with slight dependant atelectasis at the lung base also mild right hilar lymphadenop?

Needs evaluation: The presence of linear opacities with hilar adenopathy can be due to several acute or chronic conditions such as histoplasmosis, atypical mycobacterial infections, sarcoidosis, or rarely malignancy etc. Your husband should immediately see a lung specialist for a complete evaluation to determine the underlying cause, which will help determine appropriate course of treatment. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
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I had a ct with contrast done and minimal atelectasis was found at base of right lung. The GI doc didn't say anything about it. Should I follow up?

Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
28 years in practice
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I had a ct with contrast done and minimal atelectasis was found at base of right lung. The GI doc didn't say anything about it. Should I follow up?

It is: likely nothing to worry about, probably related to depth of inspiration and/or gravity dependent changes. It is a relatively common incidental finding on CT. ...Read more

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Dr. Jane van Dis
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Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
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I have minimal arteriosclosis of the thoracic aorta and linear scarring/subsegmental atelectasis in the left lung base.what should i do and what antibiotics should i take?

Dr. Saptarshi Bandyopadhyay
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I have minimal arteriosclosis of the thoracic aorta and linear scarring/subsegmental atelectasis in the left lung base.what should i do and what antibiotics should i take?

Modify diet; no Abx.: Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is best treated by modifying your diet, eliminating simple sugars and "bad" fats, keeping your BP controlled. In many cases, cholesterol and/or BP medications are needed. Subsegmental atelectasis refers to a scar formed in a small portion of the lungs probably from an old injury or infection; without new symptoms, no role for antibiotics (Abx won't reverse atelec ...Read more

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Dr. William Lowery
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatible with subsegmental atelectasis?meaning (asthma, cough, flem, no fever, seen specialist asthma

Dr. William Lowery
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatible with subsegmental atelectasis?meaning (asthma, cough, flem, no fever, seen specialist asthma

Abnormal chest xray : The chest xray should be reviewed and discussed with your asthma specialist. In general if you're asthma is stable and you have no lingering chest symptoms then the xray is non specific but should be able repeated in six months. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Dr. Justin Greiwe
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Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis ? What does this mean , (asthma, coughing and flem , no fever pain in,chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesnt stop and fl

Dr. Justin Greiwe
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Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis ? What does this mean , (asthma, coughing and flem , no fever pain in,chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesnt stop and fl

Poor Asthma Control: Sounds like you have a history of poorly controlled asthma. With 4 months of worsening cough and atelectasis on CXR I would recommend seeing a physician who specializes in managing asthma like an allergist or pulmonologist if not already done so in order to get better control of your symptoms. ...Read more

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Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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I have a atelectasis at the lung bases bilaterally and it appears to be a slight elevation of the left hemidiaphragm what does this mean ?

Dr. Klaus D Lessnau
Board Certified, Pulmonary Critical Care
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I have a atelectasis  at the lung bases bilaterally and it appears to be a slight elevation of the left hemidiaphragm what does this mean ?

Lung doc: You want to see your lung doc. Ask about a test about your diaphragm, such as ultrasound and real diaphragmatic movements, or fluoroscopy. Also discuss testing such as ultrasound, CT, MRI for the abdomen and the chest. You may also need pulmonary function testing. Ask your lung doc and good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
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My ct scan says I have dependent atelectasis changes of the lung bases identified what that means?

Dr. Michael Gabor
Board Certified, Diagnostic Radiology
28 years in practice
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It most: likely is not significant, and simply related to gravity and/or a less than complete depth of inspiration at the moment of the scan. Atelectasis in this case means that small portions of the lung are not filled with air/collapsed. It is relatively common as an incidental finding on CT. ...Read more

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