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What Does Lung Opacity Mean
Opacity= difficult: To see through. This could represent a collection of thickened lung tissue secondary to under inflation (not breathing deep) or pneumonia, or several blood vessels & ribs overlying one another. The description must take into account why the x-ray was obtained & the other factors of the interpretation. ...Read more
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
A ct scan found several cysts on my lungs and a pluralparenchymal opacity also what do these finding mean?
Several things: Cysts can be acquired secondary to previous lung disease such as infection, congenital etc, Not usually problem unless get very large, infected, or burst causing air in pleural space. Pleuroparenchymal density usually nodule which can be scar tissue, infection, tumor etc. A lot depends on whether lesion is stable or progressive. If had previous xray good to compare. Do not know reason for chest xray ...Read more
Dependent opacity?: Any opacities in the lung should be investigated- see pcp or pulmonologist. ...Read more
Ct scan shows small pluralparenchymal opacity in left lung base anterior to cysts what does it mean?
See your doctor: Your question could mean a lot depending on your history, you are quite young why did you have a CT? Do you already have any kind of cancer, what Cyst are you talking about>? basically in this situation you should talk to the doctor who ordered your Ct scan as the history matters a lot ...Read more
What is a dense 8mm left lower nodule of the lung? Dense nodular opacity in the left lower lobe is likely a calcified granuloma. What does that mean to me?
It means: This is likely a benign incidental finding of no concern, a small calcified remnant of a remote inflammatory process. ...Read more
Had chest ct scan done due to abnormal chest x-ray the ct scan says small pluralparenchymal opacity in left lung base adjacent several cysts what does it mean?
Mgt: There may be several possible conditions associated with these findings. Infections may cause cysts. I would suggest a TB test and uploading the scan to your virtual EMR. ...Read more
The result of my chest xray shows a suspicious nodular density overlying the left first anterior rib. Another nodular opacity is seen overlying the left 9th posterior rib is this means that my breast cancer already metastisis in my lungs? Do I have to und
Advice: It sounds like you have a complex medical history and a potentially complicated situation. The best advise I can give is to ask the doctor who ordered the x-ray to explain it to you and refer you to the appropriate caregiver. I wish you well. ...Read more
Hi! I recently had a Chest PA. In the interpretation field it says that there is a suspicious opacity in the right apex. What does it mean? Is it TB?
Evidence of TB: It's quite possible that indeed this is TB - as tuberculosis favors the upper part of the lung, AND you are from the Philippines - which is one of the most highly afflicted countries in the world. Sorry to say. Hopefully your doc can investigate further. Sometimes TB dries up on it's own and there is a residual scar, but if you have coughing, fevers, weight loss etc you REALLY need to follow up. ...Read more
What does it mean "homogenous opacity is seen in left basal zone with obliteration of left CP angle and opacity along left chest wall"?
The doctor: Is seeing a density in the left lung base and along the chest wall. ...Read more
Specialist: An infectious disease specialist or pulmonologist with experience in diagnosing and treating tb would be best to consult. He/she will also review the chest xray with the radiologist who interpreted your films and then recommend any further testing, treatment, or follow-up if deemed advisable. ...Read more
Unknown: It depends on your history. The possibilities are many. You will probably need a ct for more information. ...Read more
I have patchy opacity in both lungs & hypertrophied turbinates. Can it be treated non surgically? Is it temporary?
Nose gateway to lung:
Hypertrophied nasal turbinates can be a sign of allergic rhinitis, which can be chronic and may require intermittent nasal steroids and other newer generation of antihistamines.
Patchy opacities on lungs require closer evaluation w advance imaging like CT etc. To rule out major illnesses like TB, Sarcoidosis, CA, fungal infections, pulmonary fibrosis. Diagnosis may req. Biopsy, which can be med tr ...Read more
Diagnosis: Lung Opacity is not a diagnosis or specific finding. It is a vague appearance seen on a chest X-ray or CT. The cause of the finding needs to be determined before a treatment is formulated. Causes can range from scarring from prior infections, trauma, fluid, infection, allergy, drowning, smoke inhalation, tumor, etc. ...Read more
I also have another question what about ground glass opacity in the lung with mild atelectatic change is that good or bad?
Neither: Good nor bad per se. The atelectatic change may be simply incidental and of little or no significance. There are a number of causes of ground glass opacity, and this could represent a significant finding, so best bet is to discuss the findings with your doc. ...Read more
See your dr.: Opacity or density in chest can mean many things. Common density is pneumonia. Densities can represent tumors or nodules in lungs. Contusion, hemorrhage can be dense. Everything is taken in context of clinical symptoms, fever, cough, trauma, coughing up blood, etc. Your doctor should be able to come up with treatment by comparing xray findings and clinical signs and symptoms. ...Read more
Depends on images: Minimal opacity in the right lung base is a descriptive term used to describe findings on an image....The key is what type image; plain x-ray, ct scan, mri. These images are best interpreted by radiologist. The radiologist sends a detail report of the procedure to the ordering physician.....This is where you start. Discuss with your physician for best review of your images. ...Read more
It could: Be a number of things, from innocuous to serious, but more details would are necessary to narrow it down. For example, what is the size? ...Read more
Chest XRay: There is a tiny left effusion & there is mild retrocardiac ill defined opacity. Left Lung. Explain?
See answer: You have some fluid (effusion) in your lung and a type of unknown and not particularly known (ill defined) mass (opacity) behind your heart area (retrocardiac). These findings are not normal and they need to be followed up asap with an examination and further diagnostic testing as well. Seeing a Pulmonologist (Lung specialist) is advisable. Best wishes. ...Read more
Inflammation in heart, episode of V-Tach, small cysts throughout the lungs, patchy ground glass opacity. Should sarcoid be considered.
Sarcoid: Sarcoid is a possibility but other pathology is also quite possible ...Read more
Went CT scan-Lungs:Triangular pleural based opacity in the right minor fissure may represent perifissural lymph node, otherwise base clear. Feel worry?
Depends on symptoms.: Interpreting findings on X-rays depends on your symptoms & prior medical condition (s). So...why was the CT scan obtained? Were you coughing? Fever? Any history of cancer or lymphoma? A lymph node in the fissure is not worrisome unless your symptoms or history point to it being abnormal. Use HealthTap Prime or talk to the ordering doctor / Radiologist if you have concerns or symptoms. Good luck! ...Read more
My X-ray shows a nodular opacity in right lung. I had a ctscan and it does not show it; in the CT scan everything is clear. Which one is more accurate?
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
Lung CT scan showed small areas of ground glass opacity on upper rt. Lobe consistent with mild pneumonitis. Is this cancer? When should I repeat scan
CT of ab says "There is groundglass attenuation in the left lung base in addition to curvilinear opacity, may be secondary to pulmonary fibrosis"?
Pulmonary fibrosis: 58F notes CT findings suggestive or pulmonary fibrosis? Without seeing it can't say but need to now much more about you. 1. Do you smoke? If so stop. 2. Other illnesses? I can consult with you any time I am on. ...Read more
Ct angiogram shows non calcified opacity on middle lobe 4mm. Appearance of benign intrapulmonary lymph node on lung with no pleural abnormalites.
Opacity: The question to your doctor should be - is this an incidental pulmonary nodule or something more concerning. If the ct angio was done for something completely unrelated, and it was a true incidental finding, some guidelines say that under a certain size (4mm) for low risk patients (no smoking, etc), then no follow up is needed. Otherwise a biopsy or interval imaging followup is appropriate. ...Read more
Scar vs. Atelectasis: "bibasilar linear opacity" is a term used by radiologists to describe thin lines seen in the bases of both lungs. The typical cause for this are benign conditions such as atelectasis or scarring after a previous infection (pneumonia). Comparison with previous chest x-rays to determine chronicity and/or cause may be necessary. ...Read more
Implications of circular opacity in the left mid zone, vascular, as reported in the chest X-ray report.?
My husband (32) had a chest xray and a small nodular opacity was found (size unk). Nonsmoker with a history of pneumonia. How worried should we be?
Probably not but: Anything like this needs further workup. Is there some type of industrial exposure.? Why did he have the chest xray. In some parts of the country nodular density are more common due to environmental exposure. See your doc and he may need to get a CT to complete the workup. ...Read more
Chest X-ray showed focal patchy lingular opacity No change from 2012 Likely represents chronic airspace collapse &/or consolidation. Is this serious?
Chest X ray said there is a patchy opacity in the infrahilar region with ill defined pulmonary vasculature, what can this suggest?
Would be my first "guess"
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32 yr old male non smoker. Have chronic cough after the flu I got 8 months ago. Chest xray showed patchy opacity in right mid lobe. No other symptoms.
What is your questio: I assume you are under the care of a doctor. He/she will need to investigate and find out the cause for your lung opacity. It could be infection of some sorts. Tb needs to be excluded by further testing. ...Read more
Vague finding: On and xray, air appears black, and so most of the lung will appear black of completely normal and healthy. Areas that may be fluid-filled, or have some inflammation from infection will appear more opaque. Healthy patients may have transient processes that appear opaque, but this doesn't pin down a diagnosis. The physician considers the presence of "ill defined opacities" in the overall context ...Read more
I recently had an x-ray and the result was "Suspicious reticular opacities in the right upper lung. What does this mean?
I have irregular ground glass and reticular opacities in both lungs without zonal predominance. What does this mean to me?
Many possibilities: Need to see lung specialist.Get a more detailed answer ›
There are suggestive opacities noted in the RIGHT upper lung. The rest of the lungs are clear. What does that mean? Is it possible Tumor?
It means that the radiologist sees some hazy areas on an xray that have indistinct edges or borders.
It is very nonspecific. ...Read more
Out of Context: Please re-submit the question and report on why the x-ray was taken and what else was included in the report. ...Read more
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