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Pulmonary Fibrosis

Very Confused About Diagnosis

12/16/2009

Question:

went to the er for severe pain right below nipple area on left side of body. Had it for three days getting worse each day. They did ct scan that came back with bottom part of lungs looking bad so they said. We had to do another scan of just lungs came back doctor said pneumonia on left back part of lung and a spot in bottom right. Radialogist said Bibasilar atelectasis noted and small left pleural effusion. Follow up today said no pneumonia he thinks pinched nerve. What do we do with 3 opinions

Answer:

We are not able to give specific medical advice in this forum. Pneumonia and atelectasis can look very similar and mistaken for each other. Using x-rays, pneumonia can appear to improve. However, it is possible that follow-up x-rays could have better resolution and show abnormalities.

 

A consultation with a pulmonologist can be useful because he/she can review all of the x-rays in the context of your history and physical examination to tie all of the opinions and information into one unifying medical impression.

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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