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Fibrotic Lung Changes
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
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
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
I have diagnosed with a 3 mm lingular nodule probably representing granuloma. Mild fibrotic changes at the left lung base. Is this something I should worry about?
Need to follow up: Follow up checks with X-Ray /CT scan is advised to be certain that it does not grow in size. Most likely it is benign in which case it will remain inactive and not grow in size. Unless you have watched/monitored it for the next 2-3 years, there will remain some concern that it could be an early form of lung Cancer although it is not very likely to be. ...Read more
LEFT UPPER LUNG OPACITIES. CONCIDER INFECTIOUS PROCESS SUCH AS PNEUMONIA OR PTB OF UNDETERMINED ACTIVITY VERSUS FIBROTIC CHANGES, means?
Clinical history: So it depends on prior exposures. If you clinically have cough, fever, mucus production more likely an acute infection like pneumonia. However in endemic area, tuberculosis until proven otherwise. In younger person without other lung issues it would be rare to have fibrosis in upper lungs. See specialist if this does not resolve with antibiotics and repeat xray (priors?) for help ...Read more
Comment on X ray result: "The lung fields have a minor hyperinflated appearance. Maybe emphysematous change. Slight scattered fibrotic stranding."?
Patchy infiltration with fibrotic changes are seen in both lungs more marked in upper right lobe , costophrenic angles, heart and bony cage are norma ?
Seems benign : These are chronic, long-standing changes. Why was the x-Ray taken - for "routine checkup" or did you have symptoms, like a cough? Have you had a TB test? It would be best to have your physician advise you. The x-ray findings don't seem problematic (therefore, they seem benign). But ultimately, it does depend on your symptoms & the reason the test was ordered. Hope that helps. ...Read more
I had a ct done where they found fibrotic changes in the middle lobes and the lung bases. What does this mean? I am a smoker.
No short answer here: That's a really complicated question. There are a whole host of disorders that cause fibrosis of the lung. The most common is called uip, which is a disease of unknown etiology, that is not related to smoking or other disorders, and results in scarring of the lungs i would recommend a pathology text book to see a list of all the possible lung disorders. ...Read more
Hello dctr..I have done x rays of my lungs n got result that there are suspicious fibrotic strands on my lower lung left side.What does this means?
Need to see xray: The specific interpretation of the film does require reviewing the film. Multiple causes of such findings are possible, including a scar left by previous infection, to an ongoing acute lung infection (pneumonia) or chronic fungal infection. Please talk to your doctor about this result! ...Read more