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What is the meaning of increased interstitial markings when found on a chest x ray?

What is the meaning of increased interstitial markings when found on a chest x ray?

Several things: Interstitial markings in lungs are characterized by lines and dots with disease processes affecting the intersititium.Interstitium, lace-like network of tissue that extends throughout both lungs, provides support to the lungs alveoli. Tiny blood vessels travel through interstitium, allowing gas exchange between blood and air. Fibrosis or scarring, infection, changes from smoking.Asbestosis, etc. ...Read more

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Chest ex ray says lungs show increased interstitial markings with no active infiltrate,mass or effusion. What does that mean ?

Chest ex ray says  lungs show increased interstitial markings with no active infiltrate,mass or effusion. What does that mean ?

Depends on context: The interstitium of the lung refers to the area in and around the blood vessels and alveoli (air sacs). This is where the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide takes place. Inflammation and scarring of the interstitium disrupts this tissues. So the radiologist is noting that there appears to be increased markings in the area. There are many different conditions and disease that cause this pattern. ...Read more

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My child has had increased central interstitial markings on 3 X-rays over the past 6 months? Is it all just reactive airway or could it be cardiac ?

My child has had increased central interstitial markings on 3 X-rays over the past 6 months? Is it all just reactive airway or could it be cardiac ?

Mgt: I would like to help. Is it possible to upload the films for a virtual online appointment?
There are many causes and I would like to review her symptoms and history. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray shows - increased interstitial markings and prominent hila. What does this mean? what would be the treatment?

Chest X-ray shows - increased interstitial markings and prominent hila. What does this mean? what would be the treatment?

Usually ↑ed lung H20: reflected in ↑ed interstitial (between cells) water, thus "markings" and more dense hila [the central lung area; portion near central chest, (called mediastinum) in which lung arteries, veins & bronchi connect into lungs], also commonly due to ↑ed interstitial water. Thus a "judgement" call about X-Ray "appearance" (assuming exposure correct) suggesting ↑ed lung water; as in pulmonary edema. ...Read more

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Should increased interstitial markings on a chest X-ray of the lungs be investigated if the patient had breast cancer in the past and is at highrisk?

Should increased interstitial markings on a chest X-ray of the lungs be investigated if the patient had breast cancer in the past and is at highrisk?

Yes: Several reasons come to mind. Chf: many of the chemotherapies esp with radiation can cause cardiomypathy. Radiation: can cause pneumonitis. Cancer can present as lymphangitic spread in the lungs infection: after cancer treatment there is immunosuppression. Please discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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On february, my chest X-ray showed an increase in interstitial marks. In march i was diagnosed with stage4nsc lung cancer. Was the increased interstitial marks a sign?

On february, my chest X-ray showed an increase in interstitial marks. In march i was diagnosed with stage4nsc lung cancer. Was the increased interstitial marks a sign?

Yes or no: As cancers spread in the lungs, they can cause what we call lymphangitic spread of disease. Those lymph vessels are along the blood vessels and yes they can look like increased interstitial markings. To make a decision from that alone would be difficult unless a mass is seen or a diagnosis established beforehand. Even radiation pneumonitis looks the same. Decisions are made from previous diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does prominent interstitial markings bilaterally means?

What does prominent interstitial markings bilaterally means?

Chest X-ray?: I assume you mean on a chest x-ray? It can mean a lot of things, including old scarring, new infection or fluid overall. ...Read more

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What does "Chronically coarsened interstitial markings" mean?

What does "Chronically coarsened interstitial markings" mean?

Thickening: of the lung interstitial tissues that is long-standing. There are enough potential causes to fill a textbook. Talk to your doctor about what it means for you. ...Read more

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What is pulmonary interstitial markings?

What is pulmonary interstitial markings?

Lung markings: Hi HajjM, that is a very general term used to describe what is going on within the tissue of lung when seen on a chest xray. In the lung you have airbags (alveoli) and tissue(interstitium). The tissue has blood vessels, lymph vessels, and many cells that make up the framework of the lung. When seen on xray, it could mean several things. Talk with your doctor about the findings. Hope that helps. ...Read more

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What does it mean findings in both upper parahilar regions may relate to chronic inflammatory changes vs. Prominent pulmonary interstitial markings?

What does it mean findings in both upper parahilar regions may relate to chronic inflammatory changes vs. Prominent pulmonary interstitial markings?

I am not sure: But i believe that the radiologist is saying that the vessels at the hilum are prominent and is indicative of chronic bronchitic changes (an inflammatory process) or that the blood vessels are prominent as in chf. You can correlate with the symptoms which fits. Like the radiologist, I do not have a history to make a best guess. ...Read more

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What does Diffuse coarsened interstitial markings throughout both lungs w/bilateral hilar prominence and perihilar infiltrates mean. ?

What does Diffuse coarsened interstitial markings throughout both lungs w/bilateral hilar prominence and perihilar infiltrates mean. ?

Ask the doctor: who ordered the study. Without any more history or symptoms no one could properly interpret this finding. The doctor who ordered the study should be able to answer this question but only for the person who actually got the study due to privacy concerns. ...Read more

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Xray result:Prominent perihilar interstitial markings suggesting bronchitis.No superimposed infiltrate or atelectasis.I thought bronchitis didn't show?

Xray result:Prominent perihilar interstitial markings suggesting bronchitis.No superimposed infiltrate or atelectasis.I thought bronchitis didn't show?

Subtile finding: Normal bronchial walls are hard to see on a chest x ray (arrows in pic). If they are thickened one can see them a little more. Even so, it is a tough call so we say "suggestive of" to say we really are not sure, but we see enough to be more than just a little suspicious. For complete eval of lung tissue we do high resolution CT.
"Bronchitis" is a clinical diagnosis, though, so listen to your Dr. ...Read more

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I'm a 38yo w/ chest cold & productive cough. My chest Xray ruled out pneumonia but showed coarse interstitial markings. What's the likely cause?

I'm a 38yo w/ chest cold & productive cough. My chest Xray ruled out pneumonia but showed coarse interstitial markings. What's the likely cause?

Inflammation: The coarse interstitial markings are likely from the inflammation of your lungs due to the chest cold. This should go away after you have gotten over your chest cold and congestion. ...Read more

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Lung X-ray during virus: "prominent diffuse interstitial markings. No acute findings/infiltrates"does this mean I have interstitial lung disease?

Lung X-ray during virus: "prominent diffuse interstitial markings. No acute findings/infiltrates"does this mean I have interstitial lung disease?

No: You may just not of taken a deep enough breath to inflate the lungs completely. The operational wording her is "no acute findings" which is code speak for normal. ...Read more

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Can granulomas cause mild dependent interstitial markings on lungs shown on Chest CT a year later?

Can granulomas cause mild dependent interstitial markings on lungs shown on Chest CT a year later?

No,: they are two different things. Granulomas are small benign nodules. Mild dependent interstitial markings are generally an incidental finding related to gravity dependent changes in lung markings, and are usually of no clinical concern. ...Read more

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I recently had a chest xray during a viral infection. The results showed "prominent interstitial markings bilaterally." what does this mean? Worried!

I recently had a chest xray during a viral infection.  The results showed "prominent interstitial markings bilaterally." what does this mean? Worried!

Depends: Depends on other health issues going on. Chest xrays w/ prominent interstitial markings include a large variety of abnormal processes such as inflammation, edema, lung disease and environmental exposure. A viral infection could certainly explain your xray, however, if your respiratory condition persists, i would follow-up with a physician. ...Read more

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What does mild dependent interstitial markings on chest CT mean? What doctor specializes? Should I be worried at 30 yrs? Biopsy? Foreign particulates?

What does mild dependent interstitial markings on chest CT mean? What doctor specializes? Should I be worried at 30 yrs? Biopsy? Foreign particulates?

It most likely: means nothing and is simply related to gravity dependent changes in the lungs when you are lying on your back. ...Read more

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How long to wait between Normal chest CT that showed mild interstitial markings lungs & high resolution CT to see any changes? 6 mo? 1 yr? No differe

How long to wait between Normal chest CT that showed mild interstitial markings lungs & high resolution CT to see any changes?  6 mo? 1 yr? No differe

Try plain chest xray: CT scans have very high doses of radiation compared to a plain chest xray. You had some findings that could be followed with a plain chest xray.

If there were significant changes on the next xray, then you may need a Chest CT. If not, I suggest talking to your doctor to postpone the CT. Because you are 31 yo, you need to be aware of the amount of radiation your body is receiving. ...Read more

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Rheumatoid arthritis -15yr. Chestxray- increased interstitial markings, prominent hila. Handxray- reduced PIP&MCP joints. Reason for this? Treatment?

Rheumatoid arthritis -15yr. Chestxray- increased interstitial markings, prominent hila. Handxray- reduced PIP&MCP joints. Reason for this? Treatment?

See details: joint narrowing suggest damage. The chest x ray findings may be related to infection or to interstitial lung disease secondary to the RA. This individual needs immediate evaluation to determine the cause and extent of the pulmonary issue. Aggressive treatment is needed and that treatment depends on the cause. Have you seen a rheumatologist? ...Read more

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What is increased interstitial infiltrates?

What is increased interstitial infiltrates?

Chest x-ray: It is a term radiologists use to describe chest x-ray findings. Interstitial infiltrates can be seen in some pneumonias and also in interstitial lung diseases. ...Read more

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What does thickening of interstitial lung markings mean?

What does thickening of interstitial lung markings mean?

On a CT usually: This refers to a finding seen on x-rays, more specifically ct scans of the chest. It can be seen on plain chest x-rays, but is less reliable. It refers to a more prominent appearance of the normally very slight, nearly invisible linear markings near the periphery of your lungs. It can be caused by many things. "fibrosis" or scarring is the most concerning, but by no means the only cause. ...Read more

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What are interstitial infiltrates?

What are interstitial infiltrates?

Congestion: Or accumulation of fluid in the interstitial place. Most commonly refers to pneumonia or pneumonitis, but other conditions may cause a very similar pattern. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of interstitial pneumonitis?

What are the symptoms of interstitial pneumonitis?

Varied symptoms: Symptoms of interstitial pneumonitis can be variable - chronic cough, shortness of breath, reduced exercise capacity. Symptoms depend on the extent & severity of lung involvement, age of patient, associated medical conditions, underlying cause etc. Talk to your doctor/pulmonologist if you have concerns. ...Read more

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What's the difference between lymph and interstitial fluids?

What's the difference between lymph and interstitial fluids?

Big Difference: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph is thick and has many "solid elements. Interstitial is a liquid base. Interstitial fluid is primarily a "water" based fluid that leaks out of the blood vessels and bathes adjacent cells. It may have sugars, salts, fatty acids, amino acids, hormones, etc. ...Read more

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Can you please tell me how lymph and interstitial fluid differ?

Big Difference: Lymphatic system absorbs/carries things too big to go into the arteries/veins like bacteria eaten by white cells and digested food. Lymph is thick and has many "solid elements. Interstitial is a liquid base. Interstitial fluid is primarily a "water" based fluid that leaks out of the blood vessels and bathes adjacent cells. It may have sugars, salts, fatty acids, amino acids, hormones, etc. ...Read more

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'interstitial plasma cell pneumonia.What is a lay term used for it?

'interstitial plasma cell pneumonia.What is a lay term used for it?

Pcp pneumonia: This is a kind of pneumonia that was described in malnourished starving children with progressive x ray findings in both lungs. It is now known that this is causes by pneumocystis , the same fungus that causes pneumonia in other patients with damaged immune systems. ...Read more

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What is the meaning of interstitial infiltrate at both peripheral area?

Diagnosis : Taken as written it means nothing. Taken in the context of a report it is up to the physician who ordered the study to explain the significance of the report ...Read more