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plepper 04-14-2013 08:59 AM

Ground Glass Opacity
I have been diagnosed on a PET scan with ground glass opacity in 4 of 5 lung lobes two large in upper right lobe I am going for a biopsy tomorrow AM. What should I expect. I am in generally in good shape no cough no pain.

ladybud 04-14-2013 09:12 AM

Re: Ground Glass Opacity
Ground glass opacities are generally sign of pulmonary fibrosis, a type of scarring that affects the lungs. It can be from previous infections or the inflammation that occurs with various autoimmune diseases. It is not cancer. It can cause a dry cough, shortness of breath especially with exertion, so poor exercise tolerance, and sometimes low oxygen levels. If the biopsy is being done by bronchoscopy, you will be sedated and asleep during the procedure and wake up when it is done. You will get an IV and may have a little sore throat for a couple of days afterward. It is important if the biopsy shows fibrosis to try to find out why it developed. Sometimes it is idiopathic (no known cause), but if the underlying cause can be identified and treated, it may help prevent it from getting worse, or at least slow the progression of it.

plepper 04-14-2013 11:09 AM

Re: Ground Glass Opacity
I am having a needle biopsy under sedation as the bronchoscopy I assume the hospital will keep me until the threat of bleeding is over? How long does it take to get an answer on the results of the tests?

ladybud 04-14-2013 10:38 PM

Re: Ground Glass Opacity
They may do a preliminary frozen section for a quick look. Otherwise the final results usually take 5-7 days.

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