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I recently underwent a two week course of Levaquin for pneumonia. On the follow-up visit with my doctor, a chest x-ray showed "right basilar opacity," which caused my doctor to order a CT scan.
What does this mean?
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Could be residual changes from the pneumonia -- many times the xray takes longer to completely resolve than the symptoms, even after a course of antibiotics. Sometimes, pneumonia develops in response to mild airway blockage from a mass or tumor, so if they saw something (even small or subtle), they probably just want a CT to make sure it's not something like that. Lung nodules (that are NOT cancer) are also very common, and are just followed yearly for a few years to make sure they are not growing and/or causing problems.
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Apparently he saw a "shadow" and wants to be sure your lungs are okay.  Sometimes it is nothing more than a shadow - sometimes there is still some infection in the lung.... Hope you get well soon.
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