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Dr. Andrew Rynne
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What is the meaning of inflamed lungs and spots on the lungs?

I recently had some lung biopsies done as I have had repeated bouts of pneumonia over the last year. I see my surgeon in a couple of days for the results but no one has called me if they found anything. My surgeon showed me the cat scan of my lungs; the cat scan show my lungs were inflamed, this is why we did the biopsies. The surgeon showed me some spots on my lung and he said this is what they called ground glass. I forgot to ask what that means. A man at our church today said my symptoms sounded like his now deceased business partner illness that they finally diagnosed as Wegeners Disease but it was too late for him. My friend said that he knows three men that have died from this disease as they they just weren t diagnosed properly. I will talk to my surgeon and my lung specialist about this as I will see both of them this week. Any answers?
Thu, 11 Jul 2019
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General Surgeon 's  Response

* As per my surgical experience, the ground glass appearance on x-ray and CT thorax indicate possible parenchymal issue involving the lungs which can be from autoimmune damage or recurrent inflammation from various reasons.

* In addition of CT, certain antibodies as pANCA and cANCA help to differentiate the issue between odd possibilities of immune related Wedgner`s granulomatosis with polyangiitis or Churg Strauss disorder.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Dr Bhagyesh V. Patel, General Surgeon
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Pulmonologist Dr. Jnikolla's  Response

According to the history you provide first you should see a pulmonologist and a rheumatologist specialists
Both they should start the correct treatment and do the follow up.Do not worry Wegener is not cancer ,if you follow the recommendation of the sepcialists you will be fine.


Dr .Jolanda
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