Explanation Of The X-ray Lab Results?
Good night. I have had asthma since I was about 3 years old until now (25 years). I recently had a chest X-ray. From the results of these X-rays it is known that everything is normal, except bronchovascular pattern increases with the reticular pattern. Is that condition dangerous? Right now I am fine physically, I’m not suffering from prolonged cough either. thank you
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In fact, there is no specific radiological picture that refers to bronchial asthma (or more commonly called ordinary people with the term asthma). Most asthmatics (up to 75%) can show normal results of chest X-ray examination or lead to the diagnosis of other diseases (such as bronchitis). Therefore, asthma diagnosis is generally made based on the results of history taking (structured interview), physical examination, or also some other supporting tests, such as pulmonary function tests. Asthma can also be enforced after another examination to rule out other diseases that can have similar clinical symptoms, for example bronchitis, bronchhiolitis, pneumonia, tuberculosis, panic attacks, gastroesophageal reflux disease, gastritis, chronic obstructive scarring, drug side effects, malingering, and so. In rare conditions, X-ray examination results in asthmatics can show pulmonary hyperinflation, thickening of the bronchial wall, and even pulmonary edema.
Bronchitis is different from asthma, although it sometimes shows almost similar symptoms. Asthma sufferers will usually experience shortness of breath, coughing, and also wheezing due to the narrowed airway due to swelling of the walls and also increased production of mucus. The occurrence of asthma is closely related to genetic factors, atopic tendencies, and environmental influences (including particles in the air, stress, physical activity undertaken, drugs consumed, and so on). Meanwhile, bronchitis occurs when the bronchus (air passages leading to the lungs), become inflamed. The cause can be due to viral or bacterial infections, to smoking habits and exposure to other chemical substances in the air. Most cases of bronchitis are not dangerous, as long as they get the right treatment. Bronchitis caused by a viral infection can often even heal itself without the need for special treatment. However, in some rare cases, bronchitis can also lead to more serious complications, for example pneumonia to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
As we have explained above, the diagnosis of a disease is not enough to be made based only on the results of X-ray examinations. Ideally, you should check with your doctor, internal medicine specialist, or lung specialist so that the results of the examination that you have done can be interpreted properly according to your general condition. Thus, surely the doctor can give you the best treatment so that your complaints no longer repeat.
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