A member asked:

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

10 doctors weighed in across 3 answers
Dr. Carlo Contreras answered

Specializes in Surgical Oncology

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.

Answered 3/5/2019


Dr. Lester Thompson answered

Specializes in Pathology

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.

Answered 2/6/2018


Dr. Andrew Turrisi answered

Specializes in Radiation Oncology

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.

Answered 12/9/2017



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