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What Does My X-ray Report Indicate?

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Posted on Fri, 3 Nov 2017
Question: as i have uploded my chest xray pa view report .in report it is mentioned that few fibrotic strands are seen in right mid zone . is it a normal finding ? i had an xray 4 years ago on that xray report it was mentioned that patchy opacities are seen in right upper zone . i think i have some breathing problems but not sure about that . i feel my stomach tight when i try to expand it ? do i need to worry or it is normal.
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (27 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Not a serious concern but suggested CT scan chest for breathing problems

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing in to us.

Few fibrotic strands in the right middle lobe mean an area of the lung with mild scarring.

It is possible that the patchy opacity in the right upper lobe visualised 4 years back was from a lung infection and it healed and scarring occurred.

The upper and mid zones have overlapping areas.

Few fibrotic strands are not a serious problem but if you have breathing problems then I suggest you to get a CT scan chest done after discussing with your doctor.

Regards,
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Follow up: Dr. Vivek Chail (5 hours later)
i am not sure if i really have breathing problem i am confused i feel by stomach tight when i want to expand it . i am worried if i have pulmonary fibrosis . please tell me what are the findings in xray report in case of pulmonary fibrosis .
also please tell me how to check if my breath is short at home .
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Fibrosis is unlikely in your case

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing back with an update.

You have written that the ENT doctor has told the xray is almost normal. Therefore I feel that there are few strands in the right mid zone and is not an acute finding.

Coming to the fact that you have stomach tightness, then I reassure you that the few stands in the right mid zone are unlikely to cause stomach tightness.

Lung fibrosis is a condition which will be clearly visualised on chest xray and would have been mentioned in the report if it was seen in your chest xray.

A respiratory rate between 12 and 20 breaths per minute is normal when you are at rest. If it is more than 20 per minute then it is fast breathing.

However, the best way to evaluate your breathing is to go to a pulmonologist and get lung function tests done.

Regards,
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Follow up: Dr. Vivek Chail (5 hours later)
thak you so much for answering my queries .
one thing i want to ask is ..if i had breathing problems also like short breathing then what could be the possible diseases that i may be suffered of .
one more thing is ..is few fibrotic strand is a normal finding in chest xray .
sorry for asking to many questions .
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (17 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Please send a copy of your xray picture

Detailed Answer:
Hi,
Thanks for writing back with an update.

Breathing problems can be caused due to diseases of the heart and lungs. There are many conditions which can cause similar symptoms and it depends on the grade of breathlessness and duration. Any other signs like fever, weight loss, cough and sputum are more likely in infections.

A few fibrotic strands is not a normal finding. I need to see the xray to have a better idea of your case. Can you please upload a picture of the xray and send in a follow up.

Regards,
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Follow up: Dr. Vivek Chail (3 hours later)
sir i have uploaded the image of xray take a look at it.
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Answered by Dr. Vivek Chail (11 hours later)
Brief Answer:
The chest xray is nearly normal

Detailed Answer:
Hi Sir,
Thanks for sending the xray picture.

There is no significant area of large fibrosis in the picture which you have sent me.

There are mild prominent strands in the right mid zone but these do not appear to be any serious concern.

Therefore I do not think you need to take additional tests unless you have any chest symptoms.

Regards,
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Chakravarthy Mazumdar
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What Does My X-ray Report Indicate?

Brief Answer: Not a serious concern but suggested CT scan chest for breathing problems Detailed Answer: Hi, Thanks for writing in to us. Few fibrotic strands in the right middle lobe mean an area of the lung with mild scarring. It is possible that the patchy opacity in the right upper lobe visualised 4 years back was from a lung infection and it healed and scarring occurred. The upper and mid zones have overlapping areas. Few fibrotic strands are not a serious problem but if you have breathing problems then I suggest you to get a CT scan chest done after discussing with your doctor. Regards,