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What causes mild pleural thickening?

What causes mild pleural thickening?

Many things: Pleural thickening is usually noticed on a ct chest which was performed for other reasons. Different exposures such as asbestos, previous infections, surgeries, or previous pleural effusions can leave thickening. Obviously if there are any concerning features than it needs to be further evaluated. ...Read more

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What does bilateral pleural thickening mean?

What does bilateral pleural thickening mean?

See below: Pleura is the lining of the lung. It usually is extremely thin. Occasionally, especially after an infection, it may appear thickened on an xray. Bilateral means on both lungs. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of "Pleural thickening, left. Suspicious right apical infiltrates. and apicolordotic view? because my dr suggests this to me.

What is the meaning of "Pleural thickening, left. Suspicious right apical infiltrates. and apicolordotic view? because my dr suggests this to me.

Your doctor is : probably worried that you might have tuberculosis; either active, or chronic with scarring. Since you live in Philippines where TB is endemic, any abnormality in the top of the lung (the apex) is assumed to be TB until proven otherwise. Your doctor may order more tests and if he believes you have active TB, will put you on several medications that you must take for several months. ...Read more

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I have a result for my Xray.i have a mild apical pleural thickening at back right.please help me what can i do.what is the good medicine for this.tha?

I have a result for my  Xray.i have a mild apical pleural thickening at back right.please help me what can i do.what is the good medicine for this.tha?

There is: no treatment for this. Usually, it is an incidental finding of little or no current clinical significance. It is usually the result of prior infection, inflammation, or possibly trauma. ...Read more

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Could you explain my report. Stable foci of nodular pleural thickening measuring 3 mm along right minor fissure and 4 mm along right lateral inferior?

Could you explain my report.
Stable foci of nodular pleural thickening measuring 3 mm along right minor fissure  and 4 mm along right lateral inferior?

There are lots: of questions here. While you don't say, this sounds like a report from an imaging test such as a CT/MRI of the lung. The pleura is a thin membrane that covers the lungs. Thickening results from scarring, infection, tumors, etc. Unfortunately, most NODULAR pleural thickening is the result of cancer..either metastatic from the lung, breast or elsewhere, or mesothelioma. Your doctor can elaborate. ...Read more

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Lung xray shows pleural thickening. Is that precursor to cancer?

Lung xray shows pleural thickening. Is that precursor to cancer?

Perhaps: There are many reasons for pleural thickening. Visit with your doctor; a ct scan may be useful to find out why you have this thickening. ...Read more

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1.My xray reading is Stable residual changes both upper lubes 2. pleural thickening bilateral. I suffer for TB and medicated for 6months ?

1.My xray reading is Stable residual changes both upper lubes 2. pleural thickening bilateral. I suffer for TB and medicated for 6months ?

Keep up Medication: The x ray reading is consistent with Pulmonary TB which is "not changing="stable) on Medication. Keep up the medication until your Health Care Provider tells you to stop! Hope this Helps Dr Z ...Read more

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Abnormal FDG activity involving pleural thickening in Rt lower lateral lung base compatible with inflammatory VS early neoplasticism disease. Meaning?

Abnormal FDG activity involving pleural thickening in Rt lower lateral lung base compatible with inflammatory VS early neoplasticism disease. Meaning?

Pleural thickening: It means that the pleural thickening is metabolically active(i.e. It is not chronic scarring, which would be inactive). The 2 main possibilities for this, as you mention, are an active inflammation, which is benign, or neoplastic disease(tumor). Speak with your doctor. If the answer is not clear based on your entire clinical picture, biopsy could be needed to determine what it is. ...Read more

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I had ptb in 2009 and was treated and thereafter every my xray was ok but this year the impression was minimal pleural thickening and/or effusion bila?

I had ptb in 2009 and was treated and thereafter every my xray was ok but this year the impression was minimal pleural thickening and/or effusion bila?

In my mind: there would be a big difference between "minimal pleural thickening" after treatment for pulmonary TB and effusion (perhaps you got cut off and meant "bilateral"). Pleural thickening could easily represent scarring, but an effusion, or fluid collection, could indicate something much more current/active. Review this x-ray finding with your TB treating physician. More tests likely needed. Stay well ...Read more

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Which is nodular pleural thickening of the right lung base?

Which is nodular pleural thickening of the right lung base?

Pleural change: Nodular pleural thickening means an abnormally thick lining of the lung. ...Read more