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A 57-year-old female asked:

Had a pet scan for breast cancer, showed fluid on the lung ?

3 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Chad Levitt
Radiation Oncology 23 years experience
How much?: You had both a pet scan and a ct scan as they are used together. Sometime a small amount of fluid on the lung that is not "hot" on pet scan can be normal. Depending on how much fluid and whether or not there tumors notes anywhere else and whether or not the fluid is metabolically active, your oncologist may decide to sample the fluid or just watch it. Need to discuss your scan with oncologist.
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Dr. Addagada Rao
General Surgery 57 years experience
Yes it can show: Pet scan also will have superimposed very high resolution ct scan images will show, now need additional test to find out the nature of fluid.
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Dr. Larry Wilf
35 years experience
A Pleural effusion: Fluid between the pleural and visceral lining of the lung. It is usually caused by a fluid inbalance. Do you have a bad heart? Second most common cause...Infection.
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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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