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On a recent CT (1-14-19) of pulmonary (lungs) Results were

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Posted on Wed, 13 Feb 2019
Question: On a recent CT (1-14-19) of pulmonary (lungs)
Results were linear bandlike pulmonary
opacities;scattered foci of linear opacities
subsegmental atelectasis. Trace right
pleural effusion. What does all means
regarding my lungs. No result of pneumonia
noted.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (1 hour later)
Brief Answer:
Possibility of old sequel is more likely.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your question on Ask a doctor forum.
I can understand your concern.
I have gone through the CT report you have mentioned.
This CT picture is commonly seen with sequel of lung infection.
It is also seen with smokers.
Atelectesis is partial collapse of part of lung and it is commonly seen with retained secretions.
So please let me know
1. Do you smoke?
2. Do you have history of pneumonia?
Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Kampana
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (4 hours later)
Dear Dr.Bhavsar, you asked me two questions.
No I never smoked. Just second-hand smoke.
I have had pneumonia once three years ago.
And bronchitis once prior to this time three
years ago. This recent CT revealed no
Pneumonia but test results stated I had
the Human Metapneumovirus ( which I do
not know anything about).and Bronchitis.
One question ... How long does virus last?
Thank you for your reply.
doctor
Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (13 hours later)
Brief Answer:
It will resolve in 3-4 weeks.

Detailed Answer:
Thanks for your follow up question on Ask a doctor forum.
I can understand your concern.
It is unlikely for a virus to cause these CT changes.
Typically this infection resolve withing 3 weeks.
May I know the picture of report stating infection with this virus?
I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Vaishalee Punj
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On a recent CT (1-14-19) of pulmonary (lungs) Results were

Brief Answer: Possibility of old sequel is more likely. Detailed Answer: Thanks for your question on Ask a doctor forum. I can understand your concern. I have gone through the CT report you have mentioned. This CT picture is commonly seen with sequel of lung infection. It is also seen with smokers. Atelectesis is partial collapse of part of lung and it is commonly seen with retained secretions. So please let me know 1. Do you smoke? 2. Do you have history of pneumonia? Please reply me answers of above asked questions, so that I can guide you better. I will be happy to help you further. Wish you good health. Thanks.