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Diagnosed with collapse of lung with large pleural effusion, minimal contralateral mediastinal shift. Meaning?

My dad who is 73 years old diagnosed to have consolidation / collapse of the right lung with large pleural effusion . Only part of the apical lobe is left. There is only a minimal contralateral mediastinal shift. There is a small patcy consolidation in the left middle zone. The fundus are consistent with active PTB with pleural effusion.
Asked On : Sat, 30 Mar 2013
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This means he has advanced ongoing/active lung tuberculosis.This can be cured but long term treatment and good meticulous care is needed.
Since one lung is collapsed mid-line chest structures like heart that is middle mediastinum is shifted to one side.This is not a major concern.
Answered: Sun, 31 Mar 2013
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