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Chest X Ray showed cacified foci at left mid lung field. Meaning? Guidance

I have gone through a Chest X Ray for my Visa to Australia and the result showed as X-ray showed cacified foci at the left mid lung field !!!!!!

I am really disappointed at this as I never had any such problem as I am 44 yrs old women and having good health as well.

Can you please guide on this as what exactly is this and I am not sure if this is going to effect my visa application or not.
Asked On : Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
calcified foci on chest xray is good or bad that depends....if you like in south east asiA HEALED TB causes calcified can be benign lesion(99% of cases) ....or it should be investigated by following:
tb tests
if above tests are normal visa is yours
or get a pulmonologist review and show the visa people
take care
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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Pulmonologist Dr. Satyadeo Choubey 's  Response
HI harrysingh,
Thanks for visiting HCM.
Calcified foci in the lung field usually denotes a healed site of infection which may have been in the past and remained asymptomatic then, most commonly tubercular or fungal infection. They don't necessarily represent an active disease. Kindly note if you have any of the following: cough of any type for more than 2 weeks, bloody sputum, weight loss, evening rise of temperature, night sweats, joint pain etc. If they are not present then you need not be worried.
Regarding VISA you may have to take a clearance certificate from a registered govt hospital who may order investigations like sputum for acid fast bacilli, CT scan thorax, ESR, ANA, etc.

Best wishes
Answered: Wed, 24 Apr 2013
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General & Family Physician Dr. Pooja Hegde's  Response
Hello, the most common cause of calcification in the lung would be a benign harmless tumor. However tuberculosis (quite common in India) and in very rare cases malignancy also can cause calcification. Kindly consult a Physician/pulmonologist to investigate the cause of the calcification. Also, A diagnosis of tuberculosis may affect your Visa.
Take care
Answered: Tue, 23 Apr 2013
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