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Lung Calcification

03/04/2010

Question:

In a recent chest x-ray, an area the size of a quarter, was a fine outline area of calcification. The Dr. said could be scar from old infections. I have hx of severe asthma and pneumonia, should I be concerned?

Answer:

There is no need to be concerned. These calcifications are common in Ohio and represent remote infection with Histoplasmosis. This fungus infects 100% of Ohioans at some point and does not require treatment but usually leaves calcified "spots" on the CXR.

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Response by:

Jeff E Weiland, MD Jeff E Weiland, MD
Associate Professor - Clinical
OSU Asthma Center
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University