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What Is Pulmonary Infiltrate
See below: It's a spectrum of diseases that cause a scarring of the lung. There are many causes from not knowing what causes it, to medications, dust exposure, autoimmune diseases, etc. Some of the types of fibrosis are progressive, some aren't. Some respond to treatment and some do not. ...Read more
Infiltrate : A pulmonary infiltrate is usually used to describe a chest x-ray. A focal infiltrate means that it is localized to only one area of the lungs, as opposed to diffuse infiltrates which occurs throughout one or both lungs. This description most commonly is used to describe a pneumonia or area of inflammation within the lung. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Scarring: Idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis is an inflammatory process affecting lung parenchyma and resulting in loss of lung storage and resulting in low diffusin capacity and restrictive lung disease. Cardiovascular effect inckude pulmonary hypertension and cor pulmonale. The disease is slowly progressive and unresponsive to all current therapy. Lifespan can be in months(hamman-rich) to a few years. ...Read more
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Sounds like: You are reading a chest x ray report. Ask the doctor who ordered the test. Emphysema is damage to lung tissue that prevents normal elasticity, caused usually by smoking, or more rarely chronic lung infection or exposure to toxic substances. You might be headed toward full emphysema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Descriptive term: This is a term used to describe the lung fields on an x-ray that show little change in degree of density between normally dense areas like heart and bones and the lungs.Dense areas like bone show up white, if the lung areas that are supposed to be filled with air show up white instead of dark, it implys that the lung tissue is filled with dense material like water making it opaque., . ...Read more
Emphysema: Hyperaeration means that the lungs appear more radiolucent on chest x-ray and over expanded. This is due to enlargement of the airspaces caused by destruction of the walls of the alveoli(air sacs). This finding is seen in Emphysema, a form of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease. ...Read more
Clot in lungs: A pulmonary embolus is when a blood clot (usually in the leg) break breaks free and goes to the lungs. Risk factors for DVT include immobilty, underlying malignancy, hypercoag state, and having surgery. This clot can block blood flow in your lungs, which can strain your heart and lungs. This pulmonary embolism is a medical emergency and can cause pain, shortnessof breath, and even death. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Broad category: Bronchospastic refers to the small muscles that wrap around the small to medium airways in the lungs. These tiny muscles can constrict when there is inflammation triggered like cold, exercise, smoke, viruses, allergies, etc. This is typically seen in asthma or copd. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Chronic scarring: Idiopathic retroperitoneal fibrosis is a chronic non-specific inflammation of the retroperitoneum, which can entrap and obstruct important structures, notably the ureters. The average age of diagnosis is about 55 years and the male:female ratio was 3:1. Options for treatment include corticosteroids, other immunosuppressive and hormonal treatment (such as tamoxifen), as well as surgery. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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