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Lungs

09/02/2010

Question:

I recently had a chest xray and was told that I have a linear opacity in my right lungs.Is it dangerous? what would be the treatment?

Answer:

It is really tough to say without seeing the films. However, linear opacities are very common in the lung and usually are one of two things. First is a scar from previous pneumonia that has healed. Second is just an area of lung that is not fully expanded, possibly because the patient did not fully take a deep breath or they were in pain or have extra mucous from a cold or asthma. In general, these linear opacities are not a specific disease and certainly not cancer but are a sign of something else that has occurred. 

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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