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A 32-year-old female asked:

got my xray result.suspicious densities,right apex. heart is enlarged. rest of visualized structures are unremarkable. what does it mean?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Hard to say.: These are somewhat nebulous findings. The suspicious densities in the R apex are concerning for an infectious process given your young age and your geographic location. Consider Tuberculosis.
Dr. David Lipkin
Internal Medicine 52 years experience
See below: An enlarged heart(cardiomegaly) on a chest x-ray can be due to failure to take a deep enough breath during the X-ray(pseudo-cardiomegaly). It can also be due to a number of cardiac diseases, see http://wb.md/1buYnnB "Suspicious densities " may be due to infection, malignancy, old scarring and a number of other conditions. A CT of chest is needed to decide if the finding is significant.
Dr. Robert Kanterman
Diagnostic Radiology 30 years experience
Possible tumor: While it could be scarring, pneumonia, or an artifact of the x-ray, there is concern for a cancereous tumor in the right lung. In a 32 year old woman, this is unlikely.

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