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Posted by Ann on April 06, 2000 at 21:21:00:

In Reply to: Re: Granular Substance posted by Linda on April 02, 2000 at 19:32:51:

: I have had a cough for 30 years and attributed it to slight asthma. My grandmother always had one, my mom slightly but I developed the cough, Recently I had a routine chest xray and ct scan and they discovered "granular substance" throughout both my lungs. The pulmonologist hasnt figured out yet what it is because they are so tiny. It looks like dandruff scattered throught the bronchial branches . I have never smoked, He is trying to decide if a biopsy is necessary. This requires a hospital stay, as they can't do a needle aspiration or use a bronchoscope because of size. My phlegm is clear though and I dont believe I have coughed the substance up. The Dr did ask me if I have had or been exposed to tuberculosis. My profession may bring me in to contact unwittingly so he suggests a TB test. Also said it could be a fungus? Have you had a TB test? I am still waiting to hear from the Dr in which direction we will go. Will keep you informed. Good Luck

I have been checked for TB. I recently had the granular substance checked and got a chest x-ray. The results of the substance check was dried mucous plugs in the lungs (have no idea what causes these). The x-ray showed a scar which I assume comes from a light case of pneumonia that I had a couple of years ago. I can actually crush the substance between my teeth kind of like chalk. Very tiny little pieces. My chest has a tickle in it and that makes me cough until I get the granular substance up. I am afraid my lungs are calcifying like my cousin's did who has now passed away. Thought about sarcoidosis of the lungs also which another cousin was recently diagnosed with. Let me know how yours turns out.

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