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Pulmonary Fibrosis

About my chest X-ray

04/25/2008

Question:

PROBABLE FIBROSIS, ASYMMETRIC DENSITY IS THE READING OF MY X-RAY. I UNDERSTAND FIBROSIS BUT NOT ASYMMETRIC DENSITY. PLEASE HELP ME TO UNDERSTAND. THANK YOU

Answer:

Fibrosis of the lung means scar in the lung. There are many, many causes of fibrosis, some serious and some not serious at all. Asymmetric means that the fibrosis or scar is more on one side of the lung than the other. Regardless of whether the fibrosis is asymmetric or not, it is a good idea to get fibrosis of any kind evaluated further. This could simply require a chest CT scan or could require a lung biopsy. A pulmonologist would be the specialist who would normally evaluate this type of abnormality.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University