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Doctor insights on: X Ray Showing Pneumonia

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Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

An inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more


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I have pneumonia, my chest X-ray is showing a hilar mass or hilar lymphadenopathy. Would this be caused my the pneumonia?

I have pneumonia, my chest X-ray is showing a hilar mass or hilar lymphadenopathy. Would this be caused my the pneumonia?

Talk to your doctor: This is a potentially very severe situation. The adenopathy or hilar mass may be causing a post-obstructive pneumonia, or the hilar lesions and the pulmonary infiltrates may be part of a single entity such as sarcoidosis. This should be discussed at length with the doctor caring for you. ...Read more

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No symptom of pneumonia but X-ray shows on right side a patchy alveolar infiltrates, rule out pneumonia.. What it could be as there is no symptom?

No symptom of pneumonia but X-ray shows on right side a patchy alveolar infiltrates, rule out pneumonia.. What it could be as there is no symptom?

Many causes: Patchy infiltrates on chest xray are a non-specific finding that could be related to many different causes/conditions. In someone who is asymptomatic (like you), a detailed history, physical examination and further testing (if required) based on individual risk factors can help find the cause. Please talk to a lung specialist for further work up. I recommend treating the patient, not the xray. ...Read more

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What does walking pneumonia look like on x-ray?

What does walking pneumonia look like on x-ray?

Mycoplasma infection: Walking pneumonia is the commonly used name for infection caused by the organism mycoplasma pneumoniae. It can have a varied presentation on chest xray, ranging from diffuse reticulonodular pattern to lobar consolidation. There can be some fluid collection around the lungs as well. Ct scans can show ground glass patterns or even nodular densities at times. Xray findings are non-specific in most. ...Read more

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My dad has pneumonia right now. He has medications to control the coughing but still it is persistent. Also a tortous aorta has been noted in his x ray. Would there be any serios risks? It's almost two weeks already.

My dad has pneumonia right now. He has medications to control the coughing but still it is persistent. Also a tortous aorta has been noted in his x ray. Would there be any serios risks? It's almost two weeks already.

Cough is a symptom: Cough is symptom of many respiratory conditions it helps to get rid of the phlegm&it is not advisable to suppress it completely.It is a symptom of Pneumonia which can be caused by many different organisms,Viruses,Bacteria,other organisms of several kinds.Most Pneumonias are treated with appropriate Antibiotics&supportive care like increased fluids&cough meds.As Pneumonia clears the cough will too ...Read more

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Does pneumonia always show up on a cat scan and an X-ray ?

Does pneumonia always show up on a cat scan and an X-ray ?

Just about always: The short answer is yes. Only in very rare circumstances will a pneumonia be invisible on both xray and CT scan. ...Read more

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I had pain in my left side and based on x-ray was diagnosed with lower left lobe pneumonia. taking zpack but not feeling better. any thoughts?

I had pain in my left side and based on x-ray was diagnosed with lower left lobe pneumonia. taking zpack but not feeling better. any thoughts?

Upgrade in treatment: Well if you have pneumonia, it's very helpful to know the exact cause. This would require going back to the original doctor or seeking a second opinion. A Z-pack or azithromycin is pretty good at treating pneumonia, but could have up to a 25% failure rate based on the organism causing it and your local epidemiology. I recommend proper cultures and lab tests - then an overhaul of your antibiotics. ...Read more

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I work in busy retail and have lower right lobe cnsldation/pneumonia via X-Ray, but feel ok other than frequent cough. Should I take a few days off?

I work in busy retail and have lower right lobe cnsldation/pneumonia via X-Ray, but feel ok other than frequent cough. Should I take a few days off?

"Walking pneumonia,": which is a a general term for pneumonia that don't make someone so sick they are bed bound. Altho symptoms are milder that the usual bacterial pneumonias, it can result in complications. Also, it can be spread thru coughing. I recommend you stay home until coughing and fever (if you have one) have resolved. Dr. Anne ...Read more

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Can you have pneumonia and it not show on chest x-ray?

Can you have pneumonia and it not show on chest x-ray?

Yes: Early phase pneumonia with fever and chills may have normal chest xray and consolidate 24-48 hours later,Consolidation can lag behind clinical symptom.and clinical improvement before xray improves.Immune compromised patients on chemotherapy with neutropenia or few white blood cells, exam can look negative. It is necessary to have white blood cells to form consolidation . Bacteria are not radio de ...Read more

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Does walking pneumonia look like gray mass on a x-ray?

Pneumonia: Is shown on a chest x-ray as an area of "whiteness" in an area that would otherwise show normal "black" lung aeration. It could appear gray as well (just another appearance on the spectrum of black to white). There are a number of pathologies that may replace the normal "black" appearance of aerated lung (including lung cancer, volume loss, and bleeding in the lung from trauma). ...Read more

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Does a chest X-ray confirm a diagnosis of pneumonia? If not, what does?

Does a chest X-ray confirm a diagnosis of pneumonia? If not, what does?

Sometimes: If have symptoms compatible with pneumonia, chest xray can demonstrate consolidation consistent with pneumonia. Some pneumonias are bacterial, fungal, and viral. Often have different radiographic patterns. Clinical exam by physician and certain blood tests are other ways of confirming pneumonia. ...Read more

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Does the chest X-Ray take time to show changes if a person has pneumonia?

Does the chest X-Ray take time to show changes if a person has pneumonia?

Sometimes: Pneumonia on radiograph can lag few days behind clinical symptoms. Going the other way, patient starts feeling better long before changes resolve on radiograph. ...Read more

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Had pneumonia 5 times in 2 yrs, even now that my lungs are clear on X-ray i still have chesty cough on and off but find it hard to cough anything up. Any exercises or anything i can do?

Had pneumonia 5 times in 2 yrs, even now that my lungs are clear on X-ray i still have chesty cough on and off but find it hard to cough anything up. Any exercises or anything i can do?

Test for asthma..: It is possible that you have asthma or some postnasal drip causing you to cough. Would recommend discussing this with your doc to evaluate for likely asthma--cough variant asthma is quite common. Exercises are good for general health, including your lungs, but asthma trouble maybe preventing you from doing them. So, call you doc. Good luck. ...Read more

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How do you know the difference in pneumonia and TB on a chest x-ray?

How do you know the difference in pneumonia and TB on a chest x-ray?

Looks different: Pneumonia is a patchy or consolidated infiltrate, and TB are smaller cavitay lesions or spots in the lung. ...Read more

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What can cause massive post nasal drip causing pneumonia when an X-ray shows sinuses clear?

What can cause massive post nasal drip causing pneumonia when an X-ray shows sinuses clear?

See an ENT: Imaging studies of the sinuses may not always reflect what is present. Even ct scans need to be appropriately directed. This seems to be a serious problem and you should be seen by an experienced ENT specialist. ...Read more

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Just getting over lower right lobe pneumonia. X Ray was clear today but still have chest pain. dull ache and pain with deep breaths.

Recovery: Recovering from pneumonia can be a long process, and may vary according to general health, smoking history and age. Close follow up with your doctor is a good idea, as well as good nutrition and sufficient rest. ...Read more

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Chest X-ray shows on right side a patchy alveolar infiltrates, rule out pneumonia. Is this early stage of pneumonia. Thanks jimmy?

Chest X-ray shows on right side a patchy alveolar infiltrates, rule out pneumonia. Is this early stage of pneumonia.

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The finding: Described as alveolar infiltrates can be due to early or mild or healing pneumonia. Blood or fluid in lungs can give this appearance also. Please have your doctor match the x-ray findings with your history and symptoms. May need ct scan of chest. ...Read more

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12 wk old has bad cough. (had pneumonia at birth). Dr listened to chest say everything is clear. Cough is in his chest. Should i get x-ray?

12 wk old has bad cough. (had pneumonia at birth). Dr listened to chest say everything is clear. Cough is in his chest. Should i get x-ray?

Not neccesarily: This is most likely bronchiolitis at this time of the year and with the age of your baby. If the baby's lungs sound clear, then an x-ray is really not needed and exposes a young, developing body to unneeded radiation. Don't get me wrong - if your baby needs an x-ray, i would do it, just does not sound in this case it is going to be very helpful as the problem is most likely a virus in the airways. ...Read more

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