Explanation Of X-ray Examination Results?
good evening, I want to ask about the results of my father’s x-rays. the results are like this:
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At first glance, from the results of X-ray examination that your father lived, it looks enlarged in his heart with a buildup of fluid in the cavity between the membranes of the right and left lung.
Heart enlargement (cardiomegaly) is not a disease, but a symptom of an illness. There are many causes for this condition, including due to congenital abnormalities, heart attacks, heart rhythm disorders, hypertension (high blood pressure), heart valve disorders, weak heart muscle (cardiomyopathy), pulmonary hypertension (high blood pressure in the blood vessels that connect the heart and lung), pericardial effusion (accumulation of fluid in the cavity between the lining of the heart), anemia (low blood hemoglobin), thyroid gland disorders, hemochromatosis (iron buildup in the body), amyloidosis, and so on. Clinically, patients with mild cardiomegaly often do not show typical symptoms. However, along with the development of the disease, there can be a sensation of shortness of breath, abnormal heartbeat, to swelling in the body.
Impaired cardiac pump function characterized by cardiomegaly can also cause a lot of fluid to accumulate in the cavity between the lining of the lungs (pleural effusion). Not only that, pleural effusion can also occur due to impaired liver, kidney function, malignancy (especially lung cancer), infection (especially pneumonia or tuberculosis), autoimmune disorders, or pulmonary embolism. In line with cardiomegaly, patients with pleural effusion often also feel tightness. In addition, pleural effusion can also trigger chest pain, coughing, and many other complaints depending on the underlying cause.
The establishment of a definitive diagnosis of your father's condition is not enough just to rely on the results of chest x-rays only. A thorough evaluation is needed by also considering the results of other examinations carried out, such as physical examinations, heart records, laboratories, and so on. Therefore, the right step you need to do is, consult directly with your doctor or internist who treats your father so that proper treatment can be given according to the cause and severity of your father's condition. Later, your father's condition can be treated by administering drugs, vacuum suction, surgery, or many other possible therapeutic modalities.
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