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X-ray report shows bronchovascular markings, degenerative changes in dorsal spine. Meaning?

Hi Dr, My father is 63 now. I was doing complete health check up for him. During that , I find in the X-ray report 1. Bilateral lung field show prominent bronchovascular markings . 2. Degeneratives changes are seen at dorsal spine . What does it mean? Is this something serious ? Or how to act on this and what are the symptoms for this and it not treated what is the consequences ? Regards
Asked On : Fri, 21 Sep 2012
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Dear friend, welcome to HCM!

Degenerative changes in the spine are coomon at this age and indicate wear and tear with age.
Could also indicate arthritic process.

Prominent bronchovascular markings may be a normal feature at this age or indicate increased pulmonary pressure or bronchitis etc.
Depends on the associated conditions.
Was he a smoker? any bronchitis (cough, sputum, breathlessness?)
What does the 2D echo (if done during health check) say about pulmonary/ right heart pressures?

If he does not have any symptoms, there is no worry and no treatment needed.

Take care and please keep me informed of your progress.
Good Luck!
I hope to have answered your query satisfactorily.
Thank you!
Answered: Wed, 26 Sep 2012
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  User's Response
Hi, Prashanta,
Thanks for query.
1, Prominent broncho vascular margins has no significance,so nothing to worry.
Due to chronic cold or cough this finding is common.
2,At this age this degenerative changes in spine are common. This is called osteoartheritis.
Due to this problem your father might have backache,pain in legs etc.
If require go for physiotherapy.
Give him branded Calcium,vitamin D tablets.
Ok and bye.
Answered: Fri, 21 Sep 2012
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