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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

Dr. Michael Gabor
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Xray Of Chest (Definition)

A chest x-ray is the basic radiographic study for evaluation of the heart and lungs. It usually consists of 2 views: postero-anterior and lateral. The image is now usually acquired digitally with the sensor placed against the front of the chest for the pa view and on the left side of the chest for the lateral view. Pneumonia, heart enlargement, CHF and many other ...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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Chest xray said, Increased interstitial markings bilaterally with no focal areas of consolidation. What does this mean? Should I I be worried?

Chest xray said, Increased interstitial markings bilaterally with no focal areas of consolidation. What does this mean? Should I I be worried?

WORRY: NEVER helped ANYONE! SO NOT TO WORRY!
Increased interstitial markings bilaterally "MAY" reflect in PAST inflammation or irritation (for example a CHEMICAL exposure) or in rare cases be ASSOCIATED with some chronic disorders., IN SHORT this should be evaluated with special imaging/ blood tests. FOLLOW your Health Provider's suggestion (s) and REMEMBER
NOT TO WORRY!
Hope this helps
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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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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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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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Please interpret "Interstitial thickening with bronchial periovascolo shaded area of parenchymal consolidation in the lower field" from chest X-ray.?

Please interpret "Interstitial thickening with bronchial periovascolo shaded area of parenchymal consolidation in the lower field" from chest X-ray.?

Non specific: Non specific descriiption representing pneumonia or volume loss in lungs. Some times aspiration can result in consolidation as well. Most cancers, not all, are usually nodular in configuration.. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray showed mild interstitial scarring adjacent to the superior margin of the right hillus. Should I be concerned? I am 22 yrs old, not a smoker

Chest X-ray showed mild interstitial scarring adjacent to the superior margin of the right hillus. Should I be concerned? I am 22 yrs old, not a smoker

Old injury?: A scar on the lung is like one elsewhere on the body. It may be the result of an old infection or pneumonia, for example. In the lung they need to be watched. They usually stay the same. ...Read more

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Had a chest X-ray - Mild apical pleural thickening with minimal interstitial process- have ankylosing spondylitis. Pleurisy 4x last 6 months. Serious?

Had a chest X-ray - Mild apical pleural thickening with minimal interstitial process- have ankylosing spondylitis. Pleurisy 4x last 6 months. Serious?

Rarer finding: Fibrocystic changed in apices of lungs common pulmonary manifestation of ankylosing spondylitis. Pleural and pericardial effusions are less common. Effusions usually respond to steroid therapy if they do not clear spontaneously. AS is inflammatory disease with not uncommon apical fibrocystic lung disease. ...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 xray there was mild, minimal interstitial scarring -no sign of focal consolidation. I have never smoked. Will it go away or get more serious?

Chest xray there was mild, minimal interstitial scarring -no sign of focal consolidation. I have never smoked. Will it go away or get more serious?

Depends...: Sometimes, the changes you are referring to are the result of a prior problem, like a prior pneumonia, and the changes do not progress. If the x-ray findings don't change over a 2 year interval, they are considered benign. So, it is helpful if you have an old chest x-ray to compare it to. If not, you may need serial x-rays to monitor the situation. ...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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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 Chest x-ray shows increased and thickened bronchovascular markings in both lower zones and an elevated ESR of 35. All other fields are normal.?

My Chest x-ray shows increased and thickened bronchovascular markings in both lower zones and an elevated ESR of 35. All other fields are normal.?

Xray result..: Hello ~ do you now or have you in the past smoked cigarettes? All that means is that there are signs of mild inflammation in and around the tiny bronchioles deep down in the lung at the bases. Smoking is the commonest cause. It can also occur when you have active bronchitis secondary to viral infection, so sometimes can be seen during a bout of bronchitis. To treat of not depends on severity. ...Read more

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What is bronchovascular markings in chest x ray?

What is bronchovascular markings in chest x ray?

Central markings: Central markings consisting of combination of blood vessels and bronchial walls. These extend out from mediastinum and heart. ...Read more

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What are the causes of increased bilateral pulmonary markings in chest x-ray?

What are the causes of increased bilateral pulmonary markings in chest x-ray?

Lung markings.: Not knowing the clinical situation involves, general possibilities can include pulmonary edema, interstitial pneumonia, interstitial fibrosis, acute bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis. This can also reflect environmental or occupational lung disease. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray came back and says mild accentuation of the central bronchovascular markings with evidence of cephalization or edema......Translation?

My chest X-ray came back and says mild accentuation of the central bronchovascular markings with evidence of cephalization or edema......Translation?

This series: Of findings suggests heart failure or fluid in lungs called pulmonary edema. Both of these are serious and you may be short of breath. Sometimes lungs can look like this in overweight or obese patients who don't have a serious problem. Discuss findings with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can TB be seen on chest x-ray?

Can TB be seen on chest x-ray?

Sometimes, esp: Chronic infection. But most chest x-rays (at least in the us and canada) done for postive PPD skin test show no evidence of pulmonary tb. ...Read more

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Can COPD be seen on chest x-ray?

Can COPD be seen on chest x-ray?

Overaeration: Abnormal chest X-ray findings are usually not seen until COPD is severe. X-ray may show flattening of diaphragms, large muscle that separates lungs and heart from the abdominal cavity and increased size of the chest, as measured from front to back. Abnormal air collections within the lung (focal bullae) However definite COPD requires pulmonary function testing. Xray findings alone not diagnostic. ...Read more

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Can a chest X-ray diagnose asthma?

Can a chest X-ray diagnose asthma?

No: As dr. Labarbera points out findings on a chest x-ray can support a diagnosis of asthma. For example, asthma causes hyperinflation of the lungs that can be seen on chest x-ray (see photo). The chest radiograph is used in evaluation of the wheezing patient to rule-out other causes like infection, heart disease or a congenital mass. ...Read more

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How does COPD look on a chest x-ray?

How does COPD look on a chest x-ray?

Overaeration: Abnormal chest X-ray findings are usually not seen until COPD is severe. In this case, X-ray may show:
flattening of diaphragms, the large muscle that separates lungs and heart from the abdominal cavity.Increased size of the chest, as measured from front to back.
Abnormal air collections within the lung (focal bullae). ...Read more

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Could TB be seen from a chest X-ray?

Could TB be seen from a chest X-ray?

Yes: Common TB comes in two varities In children primary TB shows up as enlarged mediastinal nodes, pneumonia, and pleural fluid on chest xray. With healing of TB get Ghon complex of calcified nodule in lung and calcified node in mediatinum. Secondary TB usually occurs later in life with reinfection with pulmonary and pleural changes in upper part of the chest. Exposure to TB can be without xray change ...Read more

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Can a chest X-ray confirm asthma or c o p d?

Can a chest X-ray confirm asthma or c o p d?

Chest xray: A chest xray may help confirm copd, but pulmonary function tests can give more information about asthma vs copd. See a pulmonologist for further workup. ...Read more

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What could large dense mass on chest X-ray be?  

What could large dense mass on chest X-ray be?  

Most common: Lung masses could be benign or malignant tumors.
I urge you to consult your primary doctor as soon as possible. A Chest CT scan (left image) and referral to lung specialist may be ordered. ...Read more

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Can you have asthma and have a clear chest x-ray?

Can you have asthma and have a clear chest x-ray?

Usually normal: Chest x-ray is better in viewing the lung tissue but asthma involves mainly the airways bringing to air to the lung tissue. In most cases, the chest x-ray would be normal although the finding of an over-inflated lung, if present, is suggestive of air trapping which however is not unique for asthma. ...Read more

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How long is a chest X-ray for a positive PPD good for?

How long is a chest X-ray for a positive PPD good for?

As long as you like: The procedure of yearly cxrs in PPD positive workers is archaic since if reactivation occurs, so will symptoms. It is a needless risk of radiation. Although if never done, a base line cxrs is reasonable. ...Read more

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Roentgen Rays (Definition)

Roentgen rays are another term for x-rays, which are a form of electromagnetic radiation (other types include light and microwaves). X-rays are used to provide imaging with plain ...Read more