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Is it normal to have scars on the lungs after TB treatment? - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 13-Jan-2012
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User :   hello doctor
Doctor :   hoi
Doctor :   how can i help you
User :   im just wondering what is the meaning of parenchymal fibrotic densities , right upper apex?
User :   or minimal fibroreticular densities
Doctor :   fibrosis is a bodily immune mechanism to the foreign antigen entering into the lungs
Doctor :   a part of the lung get fibrosed to kill the antigen and the lung function
User :   is it dangerous?
Doctor :   is compromised
Doctor :   not really
Doctor :   but if there are too manuy
User :   it says minimal fibroreticular densities right upper apex
Doctor :   densities it compromises the oxygen delivery to the blood vessels
Doctor :   and ti become the dead space
User :   where did we get it?
Doctor :   it is a space for infections later on
Doctor :   In lung
User :   it caused by?
Doctor :   any infection, allegen, occupational diseaseds, hertidatary
User :   is it caused by ptb or any else?
Doctor :   do you mean pul tuberculosis
User :   late 2001 i had this ptb then i took medicine then i got a scar on my right upper lungs
User :   yes pulmonary tubercolosis
Doctor :   so the xray would have read so
Doctor :   WHich location are yoiu from?
User :   philippines
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   Its common after treatment of pul tb
Doctor :   So say that the xray finding shows it healed well
User :   how would they know if it well?
User :   i dont have a cough or anything that shows that the ptb is active
Doctor :   by clinical examination of you
Doctor :   I dint say that you are well but the xray is saying so
Doctor :   the doctors treat the patient and not the xray
Doctor :   the xray only supports the finding
User :   is the note : parenchymal fibrotic densities right upper lungs means that it is not active?
Doctor :   As said the fibrosis is seen after the healing
Doctor :   usually after ATT
Doctor :   But more important is the sputum examination
Doctor :   and the clinical examination
User :   att? so it is ussually seen to a ptb patients that took the 6 months medicine/maintenance?
User :   my sputum results is negative
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   how many were negative
User :   3 negative
Doctor :   ok good
Doctor :   So you have less chances to be a carrier
Doctor :   of the bacteria
Doctor :   How come you know about this portal
User :   okay..is there a way to get rid of the scars on my lungs so it wont be visible anytime they xray me again?
Doctor :   To get a better picture I need this information--
Age: ; Occupation: ; Location: ; Marital Status:
User :   i search for it online luckily i get lucky..
User :   age = 24, occupation = cashier, location = philippines , marital status = single
User :   is there a way to get rid of the scars on my lungs so it wont be visible anytime they xray me again?
Doctor :   No
Doctor :   There is no way to get rid
Doctor :   As years passby the become more absorbed
Doctor :   and the patches dimnish
Doctor :   themselves
Doctor :   however visible on Xray
User :   so i would have this problem everytime i took an xray.. =)
Doctor :   Yes
Doctor :   Dont worry about it
Doctor :   its not a cosmetic deformity
Doctor :   Chill
Doctor :   OK
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting,
Doctor :   bye
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