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Dr. Barry Press
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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more


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Is it possible to get pneumonia more than once? If so, is it worse the second time (i have lung scars) or better (immune system memory)?

Is it possible to get pneumonia more than once? If so, is it worse the second time (i have lung scars) or better (immune system memory)?

Yes, it is: Pneumonia isn't a specific disease so much as fluid collecting in the air spaces of the lungs. This can be caused by a wide variety of pathogens, some of which we become immune to (some viruses) but many of which we do not (bacteria, mycoplasma, etc). So you can have pneumonia multiple times. This doesn't mean that future cases will be better or worse, although bad cases can damage the lungs. ...Read more

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76 year old male with elevated d dimer, shortness of breath, slight lung opacity and evidence of scar tissue on lungs. Is this pneumonia?

76 year old male with elevated d dimer, shortness of breath, slight lung opacity and evidence of scar tissue on lungs. Is this pneumonia?

Any fever?: The person obviously saw a doctor, what did the doctor say who examined the patient, say? The doctor who saw him has more information than is feasible in this forum. ...Read more

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A recent xray showed scarring from pneumonia one year ago. No change dr said I will always have it?

A recent xray showed scarring from pneumonia one year ago. No change dr said I will always have it?

Most likely: A scar from a prior infection or injury may show on a chest x-ray for the rest of your life. It is of no consequence. However, it will be important in the future for radiologists reading your x-rays to have access to your old x-rays to make sure no new lesions are "hidden" by the old scar. ...Read more

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Father has multiple small lung nodules. Does not smoke. Had pneumonia several times and scarring from it on lungs 25 yrs ago. Is 70. Risk of cancer?

Father has multiple small lung nodules. Does not smoke. Had pneumonia several times and scarring from it on lungs 25 yrs ago. Is 70. Risk of cancer?

Possible: Histoplasmosis and granulomas more common in midwest.
Comparison with old x-rays or ct is very helpful.
New multiple lesions, and growth of lesions inclines to cancer. ...Read more

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What is the diagnosis and treatment for scarring on the lungs due to repeated pneumonia?

What is the diagnosis and treatment for scarring on the lungs due to repeated pneumonia?

Depends on cause: Recurrent pneumonia should be investigated and cause of the scarring determined to ensure that there is no ongoing inflammation in the involved segment of the lung. Treatment depends on underlying cause that is identified. If there is persistent infection in the lungs, it can lead to development of bronchiectasis over time. Please consult a lung specialist for detailed assessment. ...Read more

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Do you have to treat walking pneumonia? If recovered without treatment, does it leave permanent scarring in the lungs?

Do you have to treat walking pneumonia? If recovered without treatment, does it leave permanent scarring in the lungs?

In a way: In a way, you need to treat of course, as if it was viral (your probable case since you recovered without antibiotics) you would rest and push fluids and treat it supportively. If bacterial, you would need antibiotics. Usually, the body will heal itself, but on a rare occasion, you may leave some scarring from an old infection. ...Read more

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H0w serious is pleural & parenchymal scarring in both upper lobes of my lungs. I had double pneumonia at the age of two?

H0w serious is pleural & parenchymal scarring in both upper lobes of my lungs. I had double pneumonia at the age of two?

It depends: On the extent. If it is a minor degree of scarring, it will probably have no impact on your lung function. If it is severe, you may have impaired pulmonary function. ...Read more

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I recently had a ct scan with contrast. It said I had some linear scarring in lower left lung. Everything else looked ok. I had a small granuloma on a previous scan same area. I had pneumonia in that area a year ago. I have great oxygen. That was all that

I recently had a ct scan with contrast. It said I had some linear scarring in lower left lung. Everything else looked ok. I had a small granuloma on a previous scan same area. I had pneumonia in that area a year ago. I have great oxygen. That was all that

That was like you..: ..said, scarring due to pneumonia in the past. If you don't have any symptoms of fever, cough, sputum, shortness of breath, sweating or weakness, then you most likely don't have pneumonia. And a granuloma would not be anything to lose sleep over. Size and all. I would continue to monitor the situation from a distance. ...Read more

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I was treated for sob, after tests they saw scarring on my lungs. But I never had phenumonia, serious injury or trauma. What causes the lung scaring?

I was treated for sob, after tests they saw scarring on my lungs. But I never had phenumonia, serious injury or trauma. What causes the lung scaring?

Many possibilities: Smoking, second hand smoke (even if you never smoked), smog, air pollution, dust, fungal infections (even though you've never had pneumonia), allergic lung diseases, auto-immune lung diseases, sarcoidosis, healed TB - just to name a few. If you're still sob, you should see a pulmonary specialist. Have you had a ct scan? ...Read more

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Chest x Ray shows subtle scarring in left lung base after pnemounia and pleurisy. Is this bad and can it become a problem?

Chest x Ray shows subtle scarring in left lung base after pnemounia and pleurisy. Is this bad and can it become a problem?

Mgt: A virtual consult can be booked online, so that the imaging may be viewed. From your description, this type of residual scarring should not result in a decrease in lung function. ...Read more

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Cold, ear infection, alternative dry cough and wet cough for a month. Chest Xray showed clear lungs, chronic appearing lung scarring but no Pnuemonia. Smoker. Urgent care doctor suggested to see Pulmonary specialist. What does this mean? Is scar a problem?

Cold, ear infection, alternative dry cough and wet cough for a month. Chest Xray showed clear lungs, chronic appearing lung scarring but no Pnuemonia. Smoker. Urgent care doctor suggested to see Pulmonary specialist. What does this mean? Is scar a problem?

Nothing specific: The x-ray is really just a good screening tool and sometimes picks up old issues with little if any importance but if never seen before lead to more testing to make sure no treatment is needed. Smokers can have "dirty lungs" as can asthmatics. The term "scar" is a gestimate. It might be an old calcified lymph node or something worrisome.Urgent care is not the venue to pursue a head scratcher. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia

What is pneumonia

Lung infection: An infection of lung tissue air sacs (alveoli) is a pneumonia. An infection confined to just the larger air tubes would be called bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia?

What is pneumonia?

Lung infection: Pneumonia is an infection of the lung tissue, usually caused by bacteria, but could be viral or parasitic. ...Read more

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What is pneumonia?

What is pneumonia?

Pneumonia: Pneumonia is an infection of the lungs caused by bacteria, viruses, or fungus. It can be diagnosed by a physician by chest x-ray in most cases.

Most cases (if caught early enough) can be easily treated as an outpatient. It becomes more problematic in the elderly, and more medically frail patients so get evaluated by your doctor if you believe you have it! ...Read more

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What is pneumonia?

What is pneumonia?

Lung infection / rxn: Any reaction in the lung that causes typical symptoms (fever, cough with phlegm, etc.) along with a visible abnormality on X-ray is considered pneumonia. Most often, it is a (bacterial) infection; however, pneumonia can be caused by a hypersensitivity (immune) reaction, viruses, exposure to harmful chemicals or inorganic material like coal dust, asbestos, & the like, radiation, & multiple others. ...Read more

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How is pneumonia treated?

How is pneumonia treated?

Tx PNA.: Pneumonia is typically a bacterial infection, so antibiotics are the mainstay of treatment. ...Read more

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What is lingular pneumonia?

What is lingular pneumonia?

Lefti sided: Pneumonia in the lingular lobe which is present on the left lung, mostly bacterial since it's lobar. ...Read more

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Pneumonia. How could that be?

Pneumonia. How could that be?

Question unclear: Pneumonia is inflammation of lung tissue. It can be due to many causes, including infection due to viruses, bacteria, fungi, atypicals, drug reactions, autoimmune illnesses, and so on. There are usually predisposing factors involved. ...Read more

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What causes broncho-pneumonia?

What causes broncho-pneumonia?

Various: Microrganisms can be responsible. Check this link: http://www. Healthline. Com/health/bronchopneumonia#Overview1 ...Read more

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What are the signs of pneumonia?

Colored phlegm, fever: A cough productive of colored (yellow/green or other colors)
phlegm. Elderly patients often do not have fever. Other signs
to look for are rapid heart rate, chest pain. Prompt treatment
of pneumonia with antibiotics and diagnosis with chest exam/chest xray is important. Additional risk factors such as underlying disease of smoking/hypertension/diabetes make someone more prone to infection. ...Read more

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What are the causes of pneumonia?

What are the causes of pneumonia?

Infection: Pneumonia is a result of an infection of the lung tissue. This can be cause by bacteria, viruses, or even some fungii. Pneumonia symptoms usually include fevers, chills, cough, shortness of breath, and occasionally chest pain. If you have a disease or take any medication that suppresses your immune system, more exotic bacteria and fungii can cause the infection. ...Read more

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What are the sysptoms for pneumonia?

What are the sysptoms for pneumonia?

Here's some: Cough, fever, sputum, shortness of breath, elevated heart rate, and chest pain. Symptoms often aren't as obvious in the young or elderly. ...Read more

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What are the signs of having pneumonia?

What are the signs of having pneumonia?

Pneumonia.: Symptoms include cough, chest discomfort, shortness of breath, chills and sweats. Can develop quickly or can take some time, depending on the bacterium/virus involved. Signs include a measured fever and typical findings on a chest X-ray. ...Read more

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What are the chances of a pneumonia reoccurence?

What are the chances of a pneumonia reoccurence?

DependS: If healthy and under 65 not likely. If not healthy (lung disease, heart disease, on chemo, frequent hospitalization) over age 65 then pneumonia recurrences are higher. Get immunizations (pneumonia, flu, tdap). ...Read more

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Asparational pneumonia, what is it and what causes it?

Aspiration pneumonia: This occurs when some one has got the stomach contents going into the lungs. Happens in unconscious patients, stroke patients or anaesthetised patients who cannot protect their airways. The stomach contents are acidic and invoke a strong inflammatory reaction. Also some bacteria may be saved from the aspirated vomitus to make things worse. ...Read more

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Is pneumonia deadly?

Is pneumonia deadly?

Maybe: Most of the time it is not, but severe pneumonia can be fatal especially in those with underlying diseases that impair the immune system, the heart or the lungs. ...Read more

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