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Are lung infiltrates common with pneumonia. Does that mean lung cancet?

Are lung infiltrates common with pneumonia.   Does that mean lung  cancet?

No: No, it does not mean lung cancer. Infiltrate is a consolidation and inflammation of infected tissue. Should get resolved with treatment. ...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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Lung infiltrate should have a culture and sensitivity? Antibodics without culture-sensitivity? O.K.?

Lung infiltrate should have a culture and sensitivity? Antibodics without culture-sensitivity?  O.K.?

Yes: The only way to get a definitive sample of the presumed stuff in the infiltrate is to stick a needle through your chest wall or stick a tube down your airway and get some through that route.Hacking up a lugie provides a contaminated specimen. Research provides us with guidelines on the best abx choices to make.Some times we just have to pick one and hope for the best. ...Read more

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Can acid reflux cause lungs infiltrates / lung irritation ?

Can acid reflux cause lungs infiltrates / lung irritation ?

It's possible.: it is certainly possible if one's acid reflux results in aspiration of stomach acid or stomach contents, to get long infiltrates and lung irritation. Pneumonia is even possible in more extreme circumstances. If you feel you are aspirating due to reflux, see your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is this alarming X-ray Impression No acute focal lung infiltrate Stable appearing tiny ovoid hyperdensity which may relate to calcified granuloma?

Is this alarming 
X-ray Impression 
No acute focal lung infiltrate 
Stable appearing tiny ovoid hyperdensity which may relate to calcified granuloma?

Stable is good. : Technically it would be good for me to know when the last xray was (the one to which they're comparing the current one). Bad things will pretty universally grow over time, so if this hypersensitive has not grown in months, or years, then it's very likely benign. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray results say curvilinear density in the R pericardial region. Could represent fat pad or small R middle lobe infiltrate. Lung cancer?

Chest X-ray results say curvilinear density in the R pericardial region. Could represent fat pad or small R middle lobe infiltrate. Lung cancer?

It is unlikely: that it is cancer, but it still may require further evaluation with a CT scan to be sure. If you had any previous chest xrays elsewhere, have them sent to the radiologist to compare with the new one. That could solve the issue without any additional tests. Talk to your doctor about the results. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of minimal Koch's infection infiltrates upper lung field?

What is the meaning of minimal Koch's infection infiltrates upper lung field?

Tuberculosis: I'm not sure why, but from comments this forum I have the impression that in the Philippines, tuberculosis is often called Koch's infection. This chest Xray means the person has TB. It is a very dangerous infection, even if the xray shows only "minimal" infiltrates. Follow your doctor's advice about treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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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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My Dr told me my pneumonia had infiltrated my lung yet I'm not coughing up any sputum. Is this dangerous??

My Dr told me my pneumonia had infiltrated my lung yet I'm not coughing up any sputum. Is this dangerous??

Cannot say: without an exam, I can only give general information. And while generally people who don't mobilize secretions are at risk of worse problems, also generally people diagnosed with "pneumonia" are treated and are getting better. ...Read more