im a 28 year old female who recently had a chest x-ray for a positive TB test which ended up being fine but the x-ray did say that there were left hilar calicifications and dextroscoliosis anyone know what that is and shoul I be concerned
TBC is a granulomatous disease (type of inflammation) causing formations in lungs known as tuberculomas (deposit of calcium and macrofags-immune system's cell that's indigesting the bacil)
Ipsilateral hilar lymphadenopathy (changed hilar lymph nodes on one side) usually are characteristic of primary tuberculosis. Hilum is the openning in the lungs where blood vessels and bronchi are entering and leaving the lungs. There are groups of lymph nodes located around blood vessels and bronchi and are known as hilar lymph nodes. Primary tuberculosis is caused by tuberculosis bacil that had multiply in the body and its typical symptoms are fever, cough and weight loss. You can, also, experience fatigue, night sweats, anorexia and blood in your sputum.
Enlargement of lymph nodes occurs frequently with primary tuberculosis and it's due to eggshell calcification, sometimes having a ring-like appearance, located in lymph node periphery.
Dextroscoliosis means deformation of the spine, when the spine has convex curvature lateraly(dextro because the curving out or bulging outward is on the right side)
This is, usually, combined with rotational curvature of spine.
Scoliosis can be congenital (connected to certain anomalies of the spine presented at the birth), idiopathic (with unknown reason) and scoliosis due to other health conditions.
Pain is common symptom. Other symptoms and signs that can be experience and noticed on the body are:uneven musculature on one side of the spine, uneven hip(clothes that do not hang right), prominent shoulder blade, asymmetric size or location of breasts.
Wearing a brace and physical therapy are usually recommended.
Surgery is usually indicated for curves that have a high likelihood of progression, are causing severe pain, unacceptable deformation, curves that affect physiological functions such as breathing(progressive scoliosis can cause dislocations of inner organ in thoracic cavity )