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CT scan shows glass" like things on her lungs. should I be worried?

My mom had a CT scan done today, and it showed she has "glass" like things on her lungs. What does that mean? Her doctor called her within 4 hours after the CT scan to inform her he was going to send her to a lung specialist. She does not smoke, but is around second hand smoke on a daily basis. I do not know why she did not ask questions to her doctor when he was on the phone with her. Should I be worried.
Asked On : Sat, 6 Apr 2013
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Hi ss,
Thanks for visiting HCM.
It must not be ''glass''. Correct term is ground glass opacity, which usually is halfway between full consolidation and normal lung. It usually denotes pulmonary infections like tuberculosis. But can occur in lung edema, lung haemorrhages, lung fibrosis. I wish you must have told about the preceding symptoms like cough, shortness of breath, bloody sputum, loss of weight etc. Ground glass means the disease is at the stage when it be cured.

So don't be panic and meet a good pulmonologist in your area to clinically correlate the CT scan findings and come to a diagnosis. In the meantime you may go for Sputum examination for acid fast bacilli done which is available at designated microscopy centres free of cost..

Best wishes
Answered: Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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