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lung cancer misdiagnosed as pneumonia

A 54-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ly Phan
Dr. Ly Phan answered
21 years experience General Surgery
Not neccessary: If the pneunomia is treated and the cavitary lesion goes away on shorterm follow up then you are good. However, if the lesion persist then further di ... Read More
Dr. Morton Levitt
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Lung Cavity Causes: Not at all! differential DX of cavitation on chest x-ray: 1 caveating pneumonia: s aureus, gram-negative bacilli (klebsiella, pseudomonas, legionella) ... Read More
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Dr. David Dang
13 years experience Radiology
Not necessary: A lung cavitation does not automatically means it's a cancer. It can be from infection or autoimmune disorders. Certain characteristics on ct such as ... Read More

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A 63-year-old male asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Know your rights: A person has a right to know when treatment is unlikely to return them to a happy life, . Insist on being given the facts. I cannot make the decision ... Read More
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Dr. Craig Carter
39 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: Getting someone off a ventilator would depend on the extent of the lung cancer, and the severity of the pneumonia. If they are still on the ventilator ... Read More
A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Why do you ask?: i am glad it is gone. I would trust the imaging specialist especially if there are two films without cancer after the pneumonia is gone.
A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Sumit Sawhney
31 years experience Medical Oncology
Lung nodule: common things are common ,pneumonia is lot common than lung cancer ,get an xray in 6 weeks it should clear up by then
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Possible: But the pneumonia density can obscure, or be distal to a cancer. Usually follow up x-rays or ct after acute pneumonia clears can be helpful.
A 52-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Yes: This is a common way for lung cancer to present. A biopsy will tell for sure. I am glad you are there for your mother at this challenging time.
A 45-year-old member asked:
Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Must ask: You would have to specifically ask the nurse and attending physician/s. There can be multiple reasons to remove tubes and drains. The practices, pro ... Read More
A 33-year-old male asked:
Dr. Steven Guyton
45 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Normal: This sounds like a description of the negative findings on a chest x-ray. Pa refers to the way the x-ray was taken. Tbc refers to tuberculosis. In ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bonnie Bock
46 years experience Infectious Disease
Yes: Antibiotics are usually very successful to treat many pneumonias. Patients with lung cancer may be more complex to treat or may require longer treatm ... Read More
A 91-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
Probably: You're never certain. I hope the end will be peaceful
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