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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Can mucus in the lungs from a bad cold show up on a chest X-ray?
Had a routine chest X-ray during a bad cold virus. X-ray came back saying that a small, patchy right apical opacity is seen overlying the right clavicle.
Doctor :   Hi,
Doctor :   yes,
Doctor :   more than mucous its the congestion which can be made in the xray as opacity
Doctor :   congestion is nothing but similar to swelling , with increased in pouring of blood into the inflamed lung tissue
Doctor :   Are you there ?
Doctor :   Are you there ?
User :   Could this spot on my lungs indicate a cancer in the lung? Or is it the beginnings of pneumonia?
Doctor :   it could be a begning of pneumonia but cancer is a doubt
User :   If I had waited until I was completely well, then it's unlikely tis opacity would have shown up on chest X-ray..
Doctor :   yes, clearly
Doctor :   it would have gone
Doctor :   also depends on the cause of the congestion
Doctor :   if infective like by bacteria antibiotic course would be needed for the same to get off
Doctor :   the findings may sometimes be present in the xray even when the infection is cured completely
Doctor :   as a sign of long standing inflemmation
Doctor :   inflammation* ( reaction to the infection by the body defense mechanism by producing antibodies )
User :   Is the clavicle in the upper or lower lung?
Doctor :   clavicle is the collar bone
Doctor :   you can feel it on both sides
User :   So this spot is in the upper chest region?
Doctor :   yes,
User :   Thank you
Doctor :   Is there anything i can help you with ?
User :   You have answered my Questions and thank yoi
Doctor :   Thanks for consulting me , kindly provide your feedback
Doctor :   Bye for now
Doctor :   Take care
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