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Lung X-ray during virus: "prominent diffuse interstitial markings. No acute findings/infiltrates"does this mean I have interstitial lung disease?

Lung X-ray during virus: "prominent diffuse interstitial markings. No acute findings/infiltrates"does this mean I have interstitial lung disease?

No. : Interstitial lung disease or ild refers to various conditions which can cause fibrosis of the lung. These conditions often have symptoms such as chronic cough, wheezing or shortness of breath. Breathing tests and high-resolution cat scans are often used to make the diagnosis. ...Read more

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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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On february, my chest X-ray showed an increase in interstitial marks. In march i was diagnosed with stage4nsc lung cancer. Was the increased interstitial marks a sign?

On february, my chest X-ray showed an increase in interstitial marks. In march i was diagnosed with stage4nsc lung cancer. Was the increased interstitial marks a sign?

Yes or no: As cancers spread in the lungs, they can cause what we call lymphangitic spread of disease. Those lymph vessels are along the blood vessels and yes they can look like increased interstitial markings. To make a decision from that alone would be difficult unless a mass is seen or a diagnosis established beforehand. Even radiation pneumonitis looks the same. Decisions are made from previous diagnosis. ...Read more

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I want to know what is the difference between alveolar and interstitial infiltrates in lung?

I want to know what is the difference between alveolar and interstitial infiltrates in lung?

Airspace vs tissue: Alveoli are microscopic air sacs in the lungs in which gas exchange happens. These are tiny thin walled structures that represent the smallest division of the lung tissue. Interstitium is the connective tissue between / around air exchange sacs. Infiltrates of cells in the alveoli are within air sacs proper. Infiltrates of cells in the interstitium are between / around the tiny air sacs. ...Read more

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Had pneumonia 5 times in 2 yrs, even now that my lungs are clear on X-ray i still have chesty cough on and off but find it hard to cough anything up. Any exercises or anything i can do?

Had pneumonia 5 times in 2 yrs, even now that my lungs are clear on X-ray i still have chesty cough on and off but find it hard to cough anything up. Any exercises or anything i can do?

Test for asthma..: It is possible that you have asthma or some postnasal drip causing you to cough. Would recommend discussing this with your doc to evaluate for likely asthma--cough variant asthma is quite common. Exercises are good for general health, including your lungs, but asthma trouble maybe preventing you from doing them. So, call you doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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Had pneumonia 3 months ago chest X-ray is now clear but have awful chest pain does chest X-ray so parmanant damage to lung could that cause it?

Had pneumonia 3 months ago chest X-ray is now clear but have awful chest pain does chest X-ray so parmanant damage to lung could that cause it?

Heart attack pain?: A person with chest pain must see the doctor to find out why. He should consider going to the E.R. If he cannot reach his doctor immediately. If it turns out to be a heart problem, a collapsed lung, a pneumonia, a blood clot in the lung, bad heartburn, costochondritis (inflammation of the rib joints), etc..., he will still be in the right place at the emergency room. One chest x-ray isn't harmful. ...Read more

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Two clear X-rays after right lowerlobe pneumonia and atelectasis. Still pain in that right lung daily and low grade fever for over 1 month.what now?

Two clear X-rays after right lowerlobe pneumonia and atelectasis. Still pain in that right lung daily and low grade fever for over 1 month.what now?

Atelectasis....: Atelectasis, which is when there is collapse of the small airways in the lungs, could account for your symptoms. If you get an incentive spirometer, and use it every hour while awake, the atelectasis will resolve faster. So, see your doctor and get an incentive spirometer. Your doctor can show you how to use it! And, if you smoke, you need to quit ASAP to decrease airway inflammation. ...Read more

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March 4 lower left pneumonia. X-ray yesterday white lower left lung still. Ct scan today showed small atelectasis or small fluid lower left. Resolve?

March 4 lower left pneumonia. X-ray  yesterday white lower left lung still. Ct scan today showed small atelectasis or small fluid lower left. Resolve?

Likely ok: Radiographic resolution of pneumonia is typically slower than (lags behind) clinical resolution. What does the report impression say? ...Read more

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Why would my doctor send a repeat chest X-ray that showed the fluid in my lungs was better, but still there to a radiologist? Getting over pneumonia. X-ray performed after 2 weeks. Concerned.

Why would my doctor send a repeat chest X-ray that showed the fluid in my lungs was better, but still there to a radiologist?    Getting over pneumonia.    X-ray performed after 2 weeks.   Concerned.

Doing better: Your doctor likely truly meant that the fluid in your lungs was better than it was 2 weeks ago, meaning you have less now. That's improvement, even though you may still have a little fluid on the X-ray as read by both the radiologist and your doctor. For further clarification on your specific case, please discuss this with your doctor, as we do not have access to your images. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

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