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Left lingular consolidation: What you should know

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Lung consolidation happens when the air filling the small airways inside the lungs gets replaced either with fluid, blood, pus, or water or with a solid like some stomach contents or cells.

The condition generally affects children above two years and people above 40 years. [1]

- Self-diagnosable
- Secondary to the underlying cause.
- Partly preventable by vaccination.
- Elderly people are at risk.
- Can trigger respiratory failure if left untreated.
- Treatment options available
- Lab tests, X rays, scans are always required

The most common cause of left lingular consolidation is pneumonia. It differs from pleural effusion in which fluid collects in the space between the chest wall and lungs. A lingular consolidation may also be fluid but it cannot move when a person changes position.

Causes:

1. Pneumonia caused due to bacteria, fungus or a virus.
2. Pulmonary edema - a condition in which lungs fill with fluid.
3. Pulmonary hemorrhage - bleeding in the lungs.
4. Aspiration- breathing food particles or stomach contents into the lungs.
5. Lung cancer - caused due to smoke.

Symptoms

Self-diagnosable
People may experience the following:
1. A dry cough
2. Rapid breathing
3. Fever
4. Fatigue
5. Chest pain or heaviness
6. Coughing up thick green or bloody sputum.

Treatment

Self-care: Deep breathing, exercising, drinking plenty of water can improve lung functioning.

Medications: Antibiotics, antifungal, antiviral are helpful in treating pneumonia. Steroids and immunosuppressants help in treating pulmonary hemorrhage.

: Consult a radiologist for other concerns. Surgery is required to treat lung cancer. At mfine, you can avail a comprehensive treatment plan for optimum health.

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