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Lung xray shows pleural thickening. is that precursor to cancer?

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Dr. Carlo Contreras
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Perhaps: There are many reasons for pleural thickening. Visit with your doctor; a ct scan may be useful to find out why you have this thickening.
Dr. Lester Thompson
Pathology 33 years experience
Not necessarily: Pleural thickening can be caused by pleuritis (inflammation), pleuritis (infection), or by a plaque that may be seen in tumor. Infection and inflammation (of the lung or the pleural) are much more common than cancer. In general, an infection does not lead to cancer.
Dr. Andrew Turrisi
Radiation Oncology 47 years experience
No. It can be seen: After pneumonia, pneumothorax, surgery. It is changes that warrant closer follow up. This used to be a sign of TB and warranted biopsy...Rarely seen or done now. If it changes or fluid develops, more work needs to be done. Pleurisy on the other hand is pain on deep breathing, cough or sneeze. Different.

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