I recently had a chest x-ray done and it came back with coarse bronchovascular markings. The heart is of normal size and the hilar and mediastinal shadows are within normal range. No focal infiltrates or pleural effusions. The doctor is looking for something connected to Unspecified diffuse connective tissue disease. My numbers are quite low for this and for lupus but my doctor is right on top of everything and wants to make sure it is not the disease. I will schedule a cat scan tomorrow but in the mean time if anyone knows of this term I would appreciate it. Linda
ps: The most important thing I almost forgot. I have smoked for over 30 years and need to quit NOW and WILL!
Coarse bronchial markings mean they are more prominant than usual. This may simply be because you smoke. Sometimes it will show up in bronchitis or asthma, becuase of the inflammation, swelling of the bronchial tubes. It is very non-specific, and it may improve when you stop smoking.