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A 28-year-old male asked:

In ct i have a left hilar lymph node calcified not a smoker have chest pains and blood in sputum. no tb can this be cancer? is this common?

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Dr. Mitchell Kahn
Internal Medicine 46 years experience
Possibly: although most calcified Tyler lymph nodes are caused by benign conditions such as infections ( for example histoplasmosis, tuberculosis) or diseases such as sarcoidosis, silicosis, they occasionally can be caused by cancer. It should definitely be fully evaluated by a pulmonary specialist.
Dr. Carol Stauffer-munekata
Family Medicine 36 years experience
Infection likely: Hemoptysis (blood in sputum) is a common pulmonary symptom (10-15% of all pulmonary visits). In less than 5% of cases, the cause can be life-threatening - but of that group, over 50% of patients will die without early evaluation and treatment. Aspergillosis is a common cause of hemoptysis, and should be ruled out. Your doctor may monitor with serial CTs or CXR if you do not have an infection.

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