Recently, my father had a chest CT ordered by a pulmonologist. His symptoms included progressive shortness of breath (coronary disease, and has had stents due to similar symptoms in past); general fatigue, no weight loss, no change in appetite, he IS diabetic, controlled high blood pressure. He is a previous smoker (quite 15 years ago).
CT Findings as follows:
"Calcific arteriosclerotic disease noted. a predominately fatty replaced lymph node precarinal. No pathological adenopathy. minimal thickending of the esophagus. Calcific arteriosclerotic disease and coronary artery calcifications. mitral valve annulus calcifications.
Question subtle layering sludge or gallstones in the gallbladder? Punctate nonobstructing right renal calculus on axial image #102. some vascular calcifications medial in the left kidney. there is no acute infiltrate, mass, or pleural effusion.
Impression: Chronic findings as above. no acute abnormality."
The CT describes degenerative changes in the blood vessels that supply the heart and the left kidney and one of the internal heart valves with associated calcium deposition (associated with chronic degeneration) and possible stones in the gall bladder and the right kidney.
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