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Thursday, March 5, 2015
Calcified Blood Vessel in the Lungs
my friend is 31 yrs old applied for work abroad and he is already required for medical check-up. He undergone chest x-ray and it said that he has a calcified blood vessel in the lungs. What does it mean? He was smoking before but not a chain smoker and he drinks occasionally. Is it a hindrance that he cannot pass the medical?
Calcifications can occur in many different parts of the lung. Calcifications occurring in blood vessels can sometime be a sign of atherosclerosis or hardening of the arteries. On a plain chest x-ray, it can sometimes be difficult to determine whether a calcification is in the lung, a lymph node, or a blood vessel. Calcifications in the lung or lymph node are usually evidence of previous lung infection.
James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University