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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

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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 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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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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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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What does it mean to have interstitial lung disease? Is it curable?

What does it mean to have interstitial lung disease? Is it curable?

Many causes: Interstitial lung disease is a thickening of the skeleton structure that supports airsacs (alveoli) in the lungs. There are many causes of interstitial lung disease (rheumatic illness, idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, radiation damage, infection). It is not possible to say whether the disease is curable because interstitial lung disease is an "umbrella" term that covers many diseases. ...Read more

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What does Mixed flora, and many WBC's and few epithelial cells mean in a sputum culture? I have CVID and interstitial lung disease.

What does Mixed flora, and many WBC's and few epithelial cells mean in a sputum culture? I have CVID and interstitial lung disease.

Nt that useful: Mixed flora means they were not able to identify a particular organism; basically it can't be used to dictate therapy. ...Read more

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My dr says I have acute interstitial lung disease and wants to do a pulmonary function test and high resolution CT scan. What does all of this mean?

My dr says I have acute interstitial lung disease and wants to do a pulmonary function test and high resolution CT scan. What does all of this mean?

Not simple pneumonia: For a simple pneumonia, the initial x-rays can provide classical features and the doc can send you on your way with simple treatment. Interstitial lung disease requires a more involved evaluation because the potential causes are quite diverse. Differentiating a simple transient from a long term issue is important to identify a cause and course of treatment. ...Read more

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16 mo old had a chest xray. What does mild perihilar interstitial prominence. Mild bandlike atelectasis and/or infiltrate at the medial lt base mean?

16 mo old had a chest xray. What does mild perihilar interstitial prominence. Mild bandlike atelectasis and/or infiltrate at the medial lt base mean?

Mgt/workup: If your baby had a viral infection, these are commonly associated findings. The band of atelectasis is a small area of lung that is closed down, usually by mucus plugs. ...Read more

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What exactly does intersitial lung scarring mean? And is a bad sign they want to do a high resolution CT scan of my lungs?

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

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Interstitial lung disease. What is this?

Interstitial lung disease. What is this?

Connective tissue: The lung has interstital tissue which connects and hold the lungs together like a net. The bronchial tubes connect to the air sacs. Oxygen must pass through the bronchial tubes, air sacs and interstitium to oxygenate the blood. In ild the insterstitum becomes inflamed and scarred due to inhaled substances, drugs, arthritis, infection, cancer, or unknown -- can lead to decreased oxygen level. ...Read more

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How is interstitial lung disease dianosed?

How is interstitial lung disease dianosed?

See below: By history and physical, including your symptoms, occupational and other exposures etc; x-rays and ct scans and pulmonary function tests. You may also need a biopsy. ...Read more

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What's example of interstitial lung disease?

What's example of interstitial lung disease?

More than 100: Ilds can be idiopathic, aproximately 16; drug induced:41;
occupational: >70 and acute noninfectious: 7. ...Read more

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What is cure on interstitial lung disease (ild)?

What is cure on interstitial lung disease (ild)?

Steroids: Usually if steroids work, then you are in luck. Otherwise there is no cure. You can consider lung transplant if condition severe enough. ...Read more