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A 29-year-old female asked:

Could a calcified granuloma in base of right lung found on x ray, be caused by gallstones/gallbladder problems? could it even be a gallstone?

3 doctor answers14 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Chiu
Allergy and Immunology 57 years experience
Unlikely: If you have a competent radiologist, he/she should be able to tell the difference by looking at different views of the x-ray. If he or she was uncertain, he would have asked for further studies such as a CT scan.
Dr. Donald Mantz
Family Medicine 38 years experience
The 2 problems mentioned have different causes and are completely unrelated to each other, but additional imaging other that a plain chest x-ray may be necessary to determine the location of the calcified area
Nov 29, 2018
Dr. Gregory Lewis
Urology 44 years experience
No: 2 separate and unrelated findings. Calcified lung granulomas are common findings and “usually”, though not always, represent a benign lesion from either a prior, often asymptomatic, infection, inflammation or benign tumor (e.g. hamartoma). Usually, CT imaging is most helpful in assessment and ruling out other pulmonary abnormalities. Follow-up imaging often recommended to assure It’s benign nature
Dr. Paul Garrett
Radiology 40 years experience
It Depends: A two view chest xray should exclude a gallstone as the calcification would project inside the lung on both views (front and side view). A one view chest xray is less definitive but generally gallstones are beneath the liver so shouldn't be that close to the lung.

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