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.

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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?

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...

The radiologist report said there were interstitial markings on my chest x-ray. Does that mean I have interstitial lung disease?

Not necessarily. Interstitial markings on an xray are non specific. Other illnesses such as pulmonary edema (increased fluid in the lungs), viral pneumonia, radiation injury, certain infections and drug injury can all increase interstitail markings on a xray. A more sensitive test called a ct scan will be done to further evaluate your lung finding. Read more...
MAYBE. Interstitial lung disease can present as increased markins and progress. But this may also be seen in copd, early pneumonia or increased lung water. Read more...
Possibly. That can definitely mean you have interstitial lung disease, but a lot of other conditions can cause that look on the chest xray. The best way to look at the lungs to determine possibly interstitial lung disease would be a ct scan. Read more...