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Doctor insights on: What Is Heterogeneous Opacities In Lungs

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I have patchy opacity in the upper left of my lungs due to minimal ptb? What can I do doc?

I have patchy opacity in the upper left of my lungs due to minimal ptb? What can I do doc?

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

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 is a goodt treatment for lung opacity?

What is a goodt treatment for lung opacity?

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

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I just got told I have a nodular opacity in my right lung what is it?

I just got told I have a nodular opacity in my right lung what is it?

Unknown: It depends on your history. The possibilities are many. You will probably need a ct for more information. ...Read more

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My 4 month old son has an opacity in his right lung. What does that mean?

My 4 month old son has an opacity in his right lung. What does that 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

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I have patchy opacity in both lungs & hypertrophied turbinates. Can it be treated non surgically? Is it temporary?

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

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I have a linear opacity within the lower left lung field compatible with minimal atelectasis?

I have a linear opacity within the lower left lung field compatible with minimal atelectasis?

Don't worry: These are incidental benign findings. Quit smoking if u smoke. Atelectasis could be due to residual effects of pneumonia, heart failure, pneumothorax, exposure to chemicals/irritants etc. Follow up with your dr for any concerns! ...Read more

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I also have another question what about ground glass opacity in the lung with mild atelectatic change is that good or bad?

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

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Liner opacity is partially visulized in the periphery of the visualized left lung base, likley part of the major fissure rather than a pulmonary node.

Scar vs. Atelectasis: This could be a scar from a previous lung infection or discoid atelectasis, which is collapse of a very small portion of lung frequently due to mucus plugging. This should not cause any symptoms such as cough or shortness of breath (sob). ...Read more

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Can any doc tell me what's the best treatment for lung opacity?

Can any doc tell me what's the best treatment for lung opacity?

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

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A ct scan found several cysts on my lungs and a pluralparenchymal opacity also what do these finding mean?

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

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Can minimal opacity in right lung base just be blood vessels?

Can minimal opacity in right lung base just be blood vessels?

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

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Ct scan shows pluralparenchymal opacity in lower left lung base what is this?

Ct scan shows pluralparenchymal opacity in lower left lung base what is this?

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

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Chest XRay: There is a tiny left effusion & there is mild retrocardiac ill defined opacity. Left Lung. Explain?

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

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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

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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

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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?

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?

CT: Is more accurate. A nodular opacity on chest radiograph may be due to several things including a lung nodule, old rib fracture, rib lesion, soft tissue lesion, or a blood vessel seen on end. ...Read more

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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?

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

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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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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

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

Depends: On size of lesions and risk factors such as smoking. However, first follow up scan is typically in 3 months. More scans will follow, usually every 12 months, to make sure no cancer present. ...Read more

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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

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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?

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

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Ct angiogram shows non calcified opacity on middle lobe 4mm. Appearance of benign intrapulmonary lymph node on lung with no pleural abnormalites.

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

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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

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

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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?

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

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What is bibasilar linear opacity in chest X-ray indicates?

What is bibasilar linear opacity in chest X-ray indicates?

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

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Implications of circular opacity in the left mid zone, vascular, as reported in the chest X-ray report.?

Implications of circular opacity in the left mid zone, vascular, as reported in the chest X-ray report.?

Need more info: First step would be to compare to an old cxr. If no previous cxr for comparison then consider f/u in 6 weeks or ct scan of chest if the patient has risk factors. ...Read more