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my doctor looked at my chest ct and told me it is what is called

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my doctor looked at my chest ct and told me it is what is called "ground glass". what is that
Hello and thanks for your question. I'm Dr. Hasan and I'll try to help you. Many diseases can cause ground glass appearance on chest CT so i want to know your symptoms for which you got this CT done. After knowing this i can help you in a better way. Please mention the duration of symptoms also along with your already diagnosed medical problems,regards.
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Hi there. I am glad you are here. My symptoms started after I was in Afghanistan. My breathing was getting worse by the year. I am a social smoker with only smoking a pack a week, If that. This is over an 8 year span. My pulmonoligist says I have COPD but my PCP at the VA swears I don't.

Latisha thanks a lot for your input. I am really sorry to hear about your problem. The ground glass appearance on chest CT means that there is focal opacification of the lung. Since you have symptoms for quite long there are following possible causes for this ground glass appearance.
1.Hypersensitivity pneumonitis
2. Interstitial lung diseases
3. Bronchoalveolar carcinoma (Likely to be rare in your case)
4. Alveolar proteinosis
5. Sarcoidosis

With ground glass appearance COPD is not likely to be your case however further investigations are required to rule out the above causes. Finally in my opinion you need to get biopsy from your lung lesions. That is the only reliable way to get to the cause. Treatment will depend on the cause. I have given you an overview of what are possible causes and what you need to do. You must take a second opinion from some other pulmonologist but don't worry after getting to the cause and after right treatment you will feel much better. I wish you good luck and that you get well soon. My goal is to provide you with excellent service – if you feel you have received anything less, please reply back as I am happy to address follow-up questions. Kindly rate me when you are done.
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