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Chest X-ray and IPF
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Dear all,

I have a question about chest x-ray result and IPF. Does sign of IPF show on the chest x-ray? What kind of abnormality shows up?

Thank you
Posted on 02/20/08, 10:18 pm
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Reply #1 - 02/22/08  3:31pm
" hi
yes, most of the time it shows on an x-ray. it shows up as markings like a honeycomb.

then u go for a CT scan to get a better diagnosis.

did u have a chest x-ray? and did it show anything? "
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Reply #2 - 02/22/08  5:09pm
" Yes, I had a chest x-ray. Doctor told me that it was normal. I'm having shortness of breath since October 2007. I think it's better for me to have Ct scan on my lung...

Thank you for the reply... "
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Reply #3 - 05/07/08  10:27pm
" My scarring didn't show on the x-ray. They found mine with CT with dye. "
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Reply #4 - 05/07/08  10:36pm
" Thanks for the reply

What about Pulmonary Function Tests? I did the test and there results again normal, but still I feel SOB. My doctor told me there's no need to do CT scan...... "
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Reply #5 - 05/07/08  11:19pm
" Well, if you're having shortness of breath, it might be caused from something else, - but if I were you I would insist on having the CT scan. Just to make sure.

Because being short of breath is an obvious sign that something is wrong.

I've had the Pulmonary function tests also, and they were normal. But I do get out of breath when I slightly exert myself.

So, once again, I would INSIST on a CT scan from your doctor. "
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Reply #6 - 05/08/08  4:10pm
" If you PFT was normal I don't know what to tell you. Did they do "blood gases"? Usually if you have PF your PFT's will not be normal. Maybe you need to practice some deep breathing excerises. Do you smoke? You need to keep talking too your doctors. I kept telling mine that I had trouble breathing no one would listen. I found a doctor who would listen. "
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Reply #7 - 05/13/08  12:49pm
" My fathers case was in it's advanced stages when he was finally diagnosed. The chest X-ray showed nothing. The kept contributing the shortness of breath to heart related problems and went as far as to put 2 stints in.. The dye revealed IPF. The new doctor that he went to noticed the "clubbing" of his finger & toe nails (a direct sign of lack of oxygen in the blood). MAKE THEM give you the CT scan. It is not worth letting the doctors decide for you. "
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Reply #8 - 05/16/08  5:58am
" Jbruce7...what exactly does clubbing look like? My husband hasn't felt well for many years. Shortness of breath has been happening for almost 4-5years...but, no one found any scarring until last year. -Still it seems as though doctors are reluctant to put an exact name on issues of the lungs. My husband has a pulmonary specialist and he tells his doctor what to write and what to put on alot of forms! It is nuts! "
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Reply #9 - 05/21/08  11:06am
" When they check your pulse ox level is it above 90? That is the little machine they clip to your fingertip.

It took 3 months to find what was causing my shortness of breath. Even the CT Scans all came back normal, the only abnormal test was the pulse ox and I couldn't speak a whole sentence without stopping to breathe. That is another test, so to speak, on the severity of ones SOB...just so you know :) They finally did a HRCT (high resolution Cat Scan) and then my PF indicated itself. I think my PFT's were essentially normal at the time...three months later they started dropping fast. Finally they had to do an Open Lung Biopsy to be able to tell exactly what the disease was. I would advise being careful if you still get a normal CT and go ahead and ask for a HRCT. Some insurance policies, if not most, do require a regular CT first though. That is why PF is called a disease of exclusion. They have to rule out the most common problems first and work their way down to a less common diagnosis. Hope this helps you....I was diagnosed in 2002. Has anyone suggested to you that you have PF? "
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Reply #10 - 05/21/08  11:49am
" yes, they always checked my oxygen level. it's around 98-99%. nobody suggested that I have PF...

btw, is there any relation between PF and peakflow rate? "

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