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Lung Scarring Ct Scan
Hi, Will a CT scan show mold in your lungs or just scar tissue? I was exposed to black mold for a year. I'm still sick a year and a half later.
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
What do cysts on lungs mean? I don't have tb or cystic fibrosis I had a ct scan done and it says their are several cysts and a pluralparenchymal scar
Most likely benign: You should ask the doctor who ordered it though ...Read more
Had chest CT scan. Results show scarring on the lungs but hospital doesn't want to see me for 2 to 3 months. That seems long time. Is that normal?
What exactly does intersitial lung scarring mean? And is a bad sign they want to do a high resolution CT scan of my lungs?
Interstitial lung: Scarring is the end result of a healing and repair process. The interstitial tissue of the lung surrounds the airways. A high resolution ct scan of the lung will help your doctors determine the underlying cause by examining the patterns of the scarring on ct scan. Depending on the extent of the scarring, breathing can be affected or not. Please follow up with your physician. ...Read more
Mild scarring left lower lobe diagnosed by chest X-ray how common is this finding? Scared could progress altho dr not concerned should go for CT scan?
Common: Scarring can occur following previous infection, trauma, lung disease or surgery in chest. Scarring is not uncommon in older patient who becomes more exposed to various pulmonary conditions. There is known association of scars and development of lung cancer.Long period of time between baseline scar and cancer. Other risk factors contribute such as smoking, environment, genes. Ct better defines scar. ...Read more
My last cat scan said that the scarring in my lungs has gotten a lot larger than before. Should I be concerned with this?
Needs follow-up: Scars should not change significantly, so of the abnormality in the lung is growing in size, it needs to be followed-up / further investigated. ...Read more
Many things: The general categories are Infection, Cancer, Non-cancer tumors, collapsed lung, blood, fluid, and more. The radiologist should be able to narrow down the potential causes from the appearance. Ask for a detailed radiology report. If this doesn't satisfy you, speak with your primary care doctor. ...Read more
Infection, Cancer, +: Infection, hemorrhage, tumors (benign and malignant (cancerous)) fluid and even fibrosis can have a similar appearance. If it is mostly calcified, it is likely benign, old infection called a granuloma. Comparison to older scans can help determine if it has grown. The concern is whether or not it is cancer. Recommend seeing a primary care provider, perhaps a pulmonologist consult and pet/ct. ...Read more
Need to know more:
About the findings on a ct. I am not familiar with the term "lung polyps".
Pulmonary nodules are quite common, and depending on appearance, density and stability (if an older scan is available), can be accurately classified as benign.
Unfortunately, although most are benign, for many patients, we cannot tell for sure on 1 scan, so further workup is necessary.
Please discuss this with your doc. ...Read more
Dependent opacity?: Any opacities in the lung should be investigated- see pcp or pulmonologist. ...Read more
Had CT scan of my lungs 2 months ago just found scaring now my lungs and back hurt could cancer grow that fast?
Hi I had a CT scan on 3/15/14 incidental finding of 2mm nodule on right middle love of lung had follow up 6months later it has not grown.
Follow up of:
Incidental lung nodules is usually based on Fleischner Society guidelines:
http://www. Med. Umich. Edu/rad/res/Fleischner-nodule. Htm
No growth in 6 months is a good sign but you may need more follow up depending on your risk level. ...Read more
Can you tell me in january, they done just a CT scan on my lungs and showed nothing and sent me home. I had accurate is the d-dimer for clots?
Not accurate: A negative d dimer is helpful for ruling out pulmonary clots. A positive d dimer is basically useless as it can occur from a variety of reasons. A CT angiogram is close to the gold standard for determining whether there are clots in lungs. Regardless of what the d dimer showed, if the CT was negative and they used contrast for the CT then you are in the clear. ...Read more
CT scan of my lungs showed patchy, nodular infiltrate lower left and right lobes today the report stated there was interval resolution, what is IR?
Resolved issue.: His generally would mean that the findings in the first CT were no longer identified in the second CT. We would presume, then, that the medical issue that causes the issue found in that first CT is improved or treated. ...Read more
Had pneumonia three times in 10 months. Had recent CT scan which showed density on LLL of lung. What could be the cause of the repetitious pneumonia?
Airway blockage: Seems likely that you have some structural issue of the airway that is preventing clearing of secretions and causing recurrent pneumonia. Could be something you aspirated, something causing compression like a lymph node, or some other type of abnormality. See a pulmonologist and or thoracic surgeon because three pneumonia a in 10 months is abnormal and worrisome. ...Read more
If the ct appearance is non diagnostic, and there are no old studies for comparison, further evaluation may depend on location and size.
If the module is bigger than approximately 1 cm, pet/ ct may be helpful in further characterization. Some nodules are amenable to end a bronchial ultrasound guided evaluation.
Biopsy may be needed to obtain an exact diagnosis. ...Read more
A ct scan found several cysts on my lungs and a pluralparenchymal opacity also what do these finding mean?
Several things: Cysts can be acquired secondary to previous lung disease such as infection, congenital etc, Not usually problem unless get very large, infected, or burst causing air in pleural space. Pleuroparenchymal density usually nodule which can be scar tissue, infection, tumor etc. A lot depends on whether lesion is stable or progressive. If had previous xray good to compare. Do not know reason for chest xray ...Read more
I recently had a ct scan on my abdomen. The ct scan said the bases of my lungs were clear. What does that mean?
Normal: The bottom part of your lungs looks normal. ...Read more
Either: I usually do them without so I don't expose the patient to the contrast, which can injure kidneys. However, if the tumor is close to the mediastinum, I usually do order it with contrast because it's often difficult to tell the various structures apart without it. It also helps to identify lymph nodes. ...Read more
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Small pericardial: Fluid is ok and not significant. It's not ok if it's large and it compresses on the heart muscle causing all sorts of problem including drop in blood pressure, heart failure. Ask your dr the significance of it. Sometimes it's due to malignancy, radiation exposure, infection etc. Bless u! ...Read more
Cough: If you are hypertensive and on an ace inhibitor, cough is a side effect. Other possibilities include gastric reflux, bronchitis, allergies, smoking, certain types of cancers, post nasal drip and even heart or lung disease. Please see an otolaryngologist for a more thorough airway assessment. ...Read more
It could: Be a number of things, from innocuous to serious, but more details would are necessary to narrow it down. For example, what is the size? ...Read more
From nothing: To an early something. The anxiety you are experiencing is given as a main reason to not do screening ct's in smokers. 3 mm is too small to worry about. If it were me, i'd re-ct in 6 months to a year to check change in size. You can google the nlst - national lung screening trial. Do you smoke? Time to stop if yes. Good luck. ...Read more
Not the same: Ct scan will tell you the anatomy -whether there is a mass, nodule, lymph nodes, scars etc. Pet scan will tell you about the function /metabolism of the cells. Cancer cells have rapid turnover time thus it would uptake more sugar -resulting in " glowing" on the pet scan on the area with increased metabolism-like in cancerous area, or infection. Adding pet to ct scan will give more information. ...Read more
This is a tough issue. It will need the discussion of several lung specialists to find the right option. Vats bullectomy and watchful waiting with bronchodilators are options.
Stay away from er, they tend to put in chest tubes because they think this is a pneumothorax. In asymptomatic patients it is best to not perform surgery.
You must see a lung doc. ...Read more
Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more