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Follow uo to previous study dated 8.30.2012 shows no significant interval change in the severity of the bilateral upper lobe opacites for the past 8 months.
No new active lung parenshymal infiltrates are noted.
Calcific palques line the aortic knob
Trachea is midline.

what is this?hope you will be able to help me.thanks -may-
Asked On : Thu, 25 Apr 2013
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Radiologist 's  Response

You have probably described a report of a Chest Xray.

These findings just indicate that there is some non-progressive lung pathology involving the upper lobes of both lungs. If these are diffuse and irregular, they are likely to be fibrotic lesions which are often sequelae to old infections and need not be a cause of worry. A central trachea indicates that there is no associated volume loss of any lung. If the lesions are focal and rounded, a close watch may need to be kept. However, if you are symptomatic for lung disease (eg: cough, fever, blood in sputum, etc) it may be advisable for you to undergo a CT scan of thorax for further evaluation.

Calcific plaques of the aorta are a common finding in Xrays of older individuals and need not be a cause of worry.


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Internal Medicine Specialist Dr. Omer's  Response
You are a patient of Solitary pulmonary nodule or opacities(b/l)
the best test to distinguish cancerous opacities with benign opacities is comparing your old xray films with new one ...if the opacities havent increased or changed their shape it means they are benign meaning its a good news for you
but bilateral opacities may be due to heart condition like mitral stenosis.ankylosing spondylitis or old pulmonary TB
trachea is central is another good news as it shows beningn lesion
aortic knob calcification is common with age and hypertension and is normal
take care

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Pathologist and Microbiologist Dr. Shailja Puri 's  Response
Hello and welcome to HCM,

The report that you have posted is a X-ray chest report (though you have not mentioned that).
This current report reveals that the upper lobes of both the lung fields show similar opacities as were present 8 months back.
There are no active or new lung lesions.
There are calcified plaques in the aortic wall. Calcified plaques are age related. Their incidence increases with increasing age. These plaques are because of increase in cholesterol and lead to increase in blood pressure.
Trachae is present in its normal position i.e. midline.

There is nothing to worry.

Thanks and take care.
Dr Shailja P Wahal
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