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Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Interstitial Reticular Nodes
I am 44 years old, worked in industrial factories all my life, and I had a chest x-ray for a normal physical. Have not had an x-ray in 15 years to compare to. The new x-ray prompted a CT scan and it showed "Interstitial Reticular Node Pattern". I understand this round scar tissue like nodes in the lungs from damage possibly from pnuemonia, exposure to fiber and chemical over the years, or even hereditary reasons.
What is a likely progression of these nodes? Do they turn cancerous, do they spread, do they multiply? Am I looking at a long journey of down hill lung problems from here? How do the doctors know the nodes are not canerous or something else more serious? Is there any way to fix or clean out my lungs or reduce the noduals in any way? In lieu of fixing the nodes, can any other practices be done to reduce the effects?
Nitin Y Bhatt, MD
Clinical Assisstant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University