Posted by: concerned | 2008/07/29

pulmonary scarring/fibrosis

Hi there

A friend of mine recently moved to the UK, and during the chest x-ray for TB, they reported lung scarring, fibrosis.....and mentioned it being in the mid section of the lungs.

What could be the cause....i know of causes such as smoking, bronchitis, cystic fibrosis, pneumonia....etc, but he is only 23 and very healthy (an athlete). He doesnt smoke, and the only illness he has had in the last 2 years was rubella and tonsilitis....also, what are the implications of this?

i am so confused as to this finding...

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Dear Concerned
Lung scarring and fibrosis usually happen after infection or abscesses or TB. In the mid section it could be due to previous TB infection. People can get asymptomatic TB infection where the body may fight the infection and kill the bacteria. If it is only a small area it should not affect his lung functions
Dr Bets

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