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Child's x-ray shows mottling in lungs medially consistent with lung infection. Serious?

I just did x ray of my kid age 2.5year and report says mottling in both lungs medially consistent with lung infection......peripheral lungs clear...... heart size normal......costophernic angles r clear.....i m just worried with this report n not getting any clue from net tooo,so just want to know what this report it just minor n common infection or some prob in that...Asim ali
Asked On : Sat, 29 Sep 2012
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Hello there,

It is very important to always correlate a chest X ray or any radiograph with correct clinical history. remember that an X ray chest , though looking apparently abnormal may not have any relevance if your child's clinical history is not suggestive or correlating to the findings.

If there has been ongoing fever, cough, apathy and/or breathing difficulty, and X ray shows mottling in both lungs, it suggest lower respiratory tract infection. Is there any other family member with similar complaints ? Is it the first bout of respiratory symptoms in the child ?

All these questions need to be answered before you have a better idea of whether it is bacterial or viral infection. After getting a complete blood count, initiation of appropriate antibiotics can be done.

Take care.
Answered: Sat, 29 Sep 2012
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