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What does a shadow in the lung mean on an x-ray?

What does a shadow in the lung mean on an x-ray?

It depends: Shadow is a general term used in describing objects on a chest radiograph. For instance the heart creates a shadow on the x-ray. Can you be any more specific? ...Read more

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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What can a shadow on the lung indicate? Could it be serious?

What can a shadow on the lung indicate? Could it be serious?

Yes, or no: Can be as benign as the shadow of the aorta (which you need) or as serious as a tumor; or many things in between. ...Read more

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What could a shadow on the lung be? No cough

What could a shadow on the lung be? No cough

You mean on xray?: If you talk about an xray, it is medical jargon for some abnormality seen on film that they can't really tell what it is, that need further evaluation or close follow up. ...Read more

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What does coarse lung marking means? The lung fields are clear.

What does coarse lung marking means? The lung fields are clear.

Coarse markings: is simply a technical radiologic term. It needs to be corelated with your clinical symptoms. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a mild plate like atelectasis in the lung?

What does it mean when you have a mild plate like atelectasis in the lung?

linear atelectasis: Lung collapse/atelectasis can occur for many reasons asthmatics get collapse because of mucus plugs in the airway.Sometimes aspiration causes atelectasis. Infection and tumor can produce atelectasis. Ateletasis can clear following disappearance of disease process. Plate-like atelectasis is usually minor area of lung collapse sometimes seen without obvious cause or scar from previous disease. ...Read more

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Does "a large malignancy in the lung" mean cancer?

Does "a large malignancy in the lung" mean cancer?

Yes: Although there are different types and not all originate in the lung. ...Read more

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What does "the lung cancer has fused" mean?

What does "the lung cancer has fused" mean?

See below: Not sure what you mean. But I am assuming u are talking about eml4-alk fusion gene. These are genetic changes in lung cancers that can be treated with oral drugs (only one fda approved so far, crizotinib) that work remarkably in such patients. ...Read more

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Lung plural mass..is that mean it's on the lung surface or part on the mass on the lung and the other part inside the lung ...thank you ?

Lung plural mass..is that mean it's on the lung surface or part on the mass on the lung and the other part inside the lung ...thank you ?

Pleural mass: A PLEURAL mass means that something of a tumorous nature involves the LINING of the lungs. The mass is BASED in the pleura. It could be extended into the lung. You'd need more information from tests or biopsy procedures to know to what extent spread has occurred if at all. More questions? Contact me at: www.healthtap.com/dr-saghafi ...Read more

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I have a atelectasis at the lung bases bilaterally and it appears to be a slight elevation of the left hemidiaphragm what does this mean ?

I have a atelectasis  at the lung bases bilaterally and it appears to be a slight elevation of the left hemidiaphragm what does this mean ?

Lung doc: You want to see your lung doc. Ask about a test about your diaphragm, such as ultrasound and real diaphragmatic movements, or fluoroscopy. Also discuss testing such as ultrasound, CT, MRI for the abdomen and the chest. You may also need pulmonary function testing. Ask your lung doc and good luck! ...Read more

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Whay does this mean " the lung fields are clear and consider perihilar pneumonitis, bilateral? Can my son still go with his operation/surgery?

Whay does this mean " the lung fields are clear  and consider perihilar pneumonitis, bilateral? Can my son still go with his operation/surgery?

Depends on situation: If the kid will be placed under an inhaled general anesthesia, such a reading on an x-ray might lead the treatment team to delay an elective operation. A lung disorder can be aggravated by inhaled anesthetics & lead to worsening of the lung status. Discussion of the findings with your doc is indicated. ...Read more

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On the lung windows might be 1 or 2 minute lung nodular densities, below the resolution of pet. What does this mean? See pet results for further info.

On the lung windows might be 1 or 2 minute lung nodular densities, below the resolution of pet. What does this mean? See pet results for further info.

Talk with your doc: This is a very specific question and unfortunately there isn't enough information to answer it correctly. You should see your doctor for a specific answer about the pet scan results. ...Read more

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My doctor says I have "mild emphysematous blebs on upper right apex of the lung." What does this mean?

It means there: are small abnormal cystic air-filled spaces in the upper right lung. It is likely an incidental finding that has been there for years, and is of no clinical significance. However, it is possible that it is an early manifestation of a more progressive process, so speak to your doctor about the significance in your particular situation. ...Read more

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What does it mean when there are enlarged lymph nodes in the lung area?

No lymph nodes in th: Inside the chest there is only one location for the lymph nodes and that area is in between the lungs.... It is called mediastinum. Enlarged nodes in the mediastinum are often caused by some serious illnesses. So it must be checked further by your doctor. ...Read more

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Does hypermetabolism in the upper right mass of the lung mean cancer? A PET scan was performed on the person

Does hypermetabolism in the upper right mass of the lung mean cancer? A PET scan was performed on the person

Doesn't sound good: Hi. Going solely on what you've told us, it doesn't sound good. The doctor(s) involved in the patient's care WILL explain the result. Good luck to the patient! ...Read more

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Need explanation of ct scan? What does "trace bibasilar atectasis" of the lung is present mean?

Need explanation of ct scan?  What does "trace bibasilar atectasis" of the lung is present mean?

Mgt: There is a small area of collapse at the bases of your lungs . This can occur with asthma, certain infections and a variety of other conditions. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary fibrosis? And how is it described from an X-ray ? I was told I have hardening of the lung does this mean I have it?

What is pulmonary fibrosis? And how is it described from an X-ray ? I was told I have hardening of the lung does this mean I have it?

Loose Term: Pulmonary fibrosis is a loose term used for numerous interstitial lung diseases. Most often though, it is used for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (ipf). X-ray will not be a good modality to evaluate ipf. A ct chest will be helpful. ...Read more

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My ct scan says I have dependent atelectasis changes of the lung bases identified what that means?

My ct scan says I have dependent atelectasis changes of the lung bases identified what that means?

It most: likely is not significant, and simply related to gravity and/or a less than complete depth of inspiration at the moment of the scan. Atelectasis in this case means that small portions of the lung are not filled with air/collapsed. It is relatively common as an incidental finding on CT. ...Read more

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What does it mean if the lung doctor ruled out clots and plumnary hypertension with a ctscan done yesterday she is conferring with other doctors .

What does it mean  if the lung doctor ruled out clots and plumnary hypertension with a ctscan done yesterday she is conferring with other doctors  .

More Tests: A specialized CT scan of the chest can be used to look for recent blood clots in the pulmonary arteries. If you have old blood clots they may not show up on a CT and a V/Q scan may be needed to look for a disease called CTEPH. Finally, a CT scan cannot be used to rule out pulmonary hypertension. ...Read more

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What does a nodule in upper right lobe of the lung 4.6mm and not calcified mean discovered via health check CT scan?

Nodule: Usually benign nodule. It is common to find these. Most often they are related to a fungal spore. Talk to your doctor, but a reasonable course would be to get repeat chest xray 6 months. ...Read more

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My nan is in hospital after a fall what does it mean if her temp spikes and hemoglobin falls she broke shoulder and pelvis with a clot in the lung?

My nan is in hospital after a fall what does it mean if her temp spikes and hemoglobin falls she broke shoulder and pelvis with a clot in the lung?

Sounds serious: With the history of broken bones, being in the hospital with fever and blood clot makes for several serious issues. Her doctors can be the best source for your to know what is going on. But fever equals infection, unless proven otherwise. Hemoglobin fall could be due to a number of reasons such as: blood loss, infection, and being in the hospital where blood is taken out for many tests every day. ...Read more

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Few fibrotic densities at the lung apices on low dose CT scan. What does it mean? I've never had any kind of lung disease

Few fibrotic densities at the lung apices on low dose CT scan.  What does it mean?  I've never had any kind of lung disease

Fibrosis: These strands of fibrous tissue represent scarring from a prior inflammatory process, probably old infection and could have been an old tuberculosis infection which you fought off. There is no sign of active lung infection. For more opinion the radiologist or a pulmonologist could be consulted. ...Read more

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What is meant by my pulmonar doctor telling me my chest tightness and lung pain and breathing problems is due to ischemia of the lung?

What is meant by my pulmonar doctor telling me my chest tightness and lung pain and breathing problems  is due to ischemia of the lung?

Shrinking lungs : Your lungs are shrivelling up. If you're still smoking stop if not don't start again. Go have another chest x-ray and see your lung dr about solutions to make you comfortable. ...Read more

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Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis ? What does this mean , (asthma, coughing and flem , no fever pain in,chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesnt stop and fl

Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis ? What does this mean , (asthma, coughing and flem , no fever pain in,chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesnt stop and fl

Poor Asthma Control: Sounds like you have a history of poorly controlled asthma. With 4 months of worsening cough and atelectasis on CXR I would recommend seeing a physician who specializes in managing asthma like an allergist or pulmonologist if not already done so in order to get better control of your symptoms. ...Read more

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What is a hardening of the lung?

What is a hardening of the lung?

It depends: I would assume that you are referring to fibrosis (pulmonary fibrosis) of the lung resulting from an accumulation of fibrous connective tissue. This may be the result of schleroderma, rheumatoid arthritis or environmental exposures. You would need need to see a pulmonologist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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How does the lung undevlope lungs?

Re-ask question: This question is not clear. Re-ask in a different format. ...Read more

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What is the lung capacity of a smoker like?

What is the lung capacity of a smoker like?

It's decreased.: It is reduced compared to that of a non-smoker due to lung disease. According to the CDC, smoking can stunt lung development in teens and can increase the risk of asthma, TB, emphysema and cancers. Smoking damages the elastic lining of air sacs and causes scarring which can restrict air flow in or out. ...Read more

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What will happen if you get stabbed in the lung?

Lung stabbing: It could cause a pneumothorax, a hemothorax, effect other internal organs or lead to death. ...Read more