Radiation pneumonitis?

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November 11, 2013 at 12:56 pm  #1260437    

gman

My dad had finished 32 sessions of IMRT radiation when he unexpectedly developed a condition which led to a chest x-ray. The radiologist, unknowing of SCLC tumor in his left lung, commented that his right lung was clear, but hid left mid lung zone (around where the tumor was located) had a “streaky opacity that likely represents atelectasis, however, developing parenchymal process cannot be excluded.”

Is this language suggestive of the development of radiation pneumonitis?

November 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm  #1260440    
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It could possibly represent radiation pneumonitis, but it’s a nonspecific finding that could be anything or nothing. A streaky opacity just represents an area of something in the lung, or even just an area of poorly inflated lung.

-Dr. West

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