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I’m a long term smoker. I had a low dose CT Scan of the lungs that came back abnormal. Some type of spot. They suggested another scan in 3 months. Is this normal?

I’m a long term smoker. I had a low dose CT Scan of the lungs that came back abnormal. Some type of spot. They suggested another scan in 3 months. Is this normal?

No: Any nodule is abnormal but did necessarily cancer. If the doctors suggested a repeat in 3 months, they likely suspected that cancer was unlikely. You could always obtain a second opinion. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Had chest ct scan done due to abnormal chest x-ray the ct scan says small pluralparenchymal opacity in left lung base adjacent several cysts what does it mean?

Had chest ct scan done due to abnormal chest x-ray the ct scan says small pluralparenchymal opacity in left lung base adjacent several cysts what does it mean?

Mgt: There may be several possible conditions associated with these findings. Infections may cause cysts. I would suggest a TB test and uploading the scan to your virtual EMR. ...Read more

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Abnormal CT scan of chest what could this be? Ct scan of chest

Abnormal CT scan of chest what could this be? Ct scan of chest

Need more info: All that we can tell u from the little info in your question is that it is not normal. That could mean anything from some slight changes that are of no concern all the way to serious problems related to any organ in your chest. Ask the md who ordered it to explain the findings. ...Read more

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Chest xray came back abnormal two weeks later I find out I now need a CT scan - does this mean cancer?

Chest xray came back abnormal two weeks later I find out I now need a CT scan - does this mean cancer?

Not usually: Most of the abnormalities seen on a chest xray are not cancer. Old (or new) infections, scarring or fibrosis, benign sclerosis in a rib and benign tumors of the lung or lung lining are all possible, as well as lung cancer.

A chest xray can sometimes predict if lung cancer is more likely, but a ct will provide a more definite assessment of the likelihood of cancer. A biopsy is sometimes needed. ...Read more

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If chest xray comes back abnormal and a CT scan is needed - does that mean cancer? If not cancer what are other possible answers

If chest xray comes back abnormal and a CT scan is needed - does that mean cancer? If not cancer what are other possible answers

Not usually: Most of the abnormalities seen on a chest xray are not cancer. Old (or new) infections, scarring or fibrosis, benign sclerosis in a rib and benign tumors of the lung or lung lining are all possible, as well as lung cancer.

A chest xray can sometimes predict if lung cancer is more likely, but a ct will provide a more definite assessment of the likelihood of cancer. A biopsy is sometimes needed. ...Read more

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If chest xray comes back abnormal and a CT scan is needed - does that mean cancer? If not cancer what are other possible answers

If chest xray comes back abnormal and a CT scan is needed - does that mean cancer? If not cancer what are other possible answers

Cannot tell: An abnormal chest xray is often followed by more testing, such as a ct, to try to tell why it is abnormal. ...Read more

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What are intrapulmonary lymph nodes? Are they the same as preffisurral nodules and if they are found on chest ct scan is this abnormal?? Or Cancerous?

What are intrapulmonary lymph nodes? Are they the same as preffisurral nodules and if they are found on chest ct scan is this abnormal?? Or Cancerous?

Explanation: No, it is not the same. Intrapulmonary lymph nodes are abnormal findings, but could be benign!! And accidental findings related old infection. You have to discuss this with your doctor, please. ...Read more

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Neurology question concerning a abnormal paraneoplastic panel I was told that my panel had abnormalities in it and that I should have a chest CT scan done and a lambert eaton test and a never conduction study as well. I went to the neurologist because my

Neurology question concerning a abnormal paraneoplastic panel I was told that my panel had abnormalities in it and that I should have a chest CT scan done and a lambert eaton test and a never conduction study as well. I went to the neurologist because my

Lambert-Eaton: Lambert-eaton syndrome is a neuromuscular disorder associated with abnormal antibodies to what are called voltage gated calcium channels. These are channels in the membrane of the nerve part of the nerve-muscle junction. When a signal travels along the nerve to a muscle cell the tip of the nerve makes contact with the muscle cell and forms what is called a neuro-muscular junction. A substance called acetylcholine (a neuro-transmitter) is released into the neuromuscular junction and attaches to receptors on the muscle. The acetylcholine then causes potential changes in the membrane and the muscle cell is activated. The role of the voltage gated channels are to allow for the release of the acetylcholine. If abnormal antibodies are attached to the channels, the acetylcholine can't be released. This results in les. Les is sometimes confused with myasthenia gravis, a condition in which other antibodies are attacking the receptor sites at the nerve muscle junction. Both conditions can cause muscle weakness because both affect the function of the nerve muscle junction. The vgcc (voltage gated calcium channel) antibodies are often seen in people with certain types of lung and thymus tumors sometimes long before the tumor is actually found. A chest ct scan would be done to look for a tumor. An EMG and nerve conduction test would help distinguish between les and mg.
There is an association between autoimmune disorders and les not related to small cell tumors of the lung. There are treatments available. It is good that you don't have ms. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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What would cause shortness of breath and pain in left breast chest CT scan normal X-ray normal abg normal EKG abnormal oxygen saturation normal?

It may be the heart!: You need to have your heart checked by a good cardiologist. The best test for you is a session of multifunction cardiogram. It is accurate, affordable and stress, drug and radiation free! Good luck! Http://en. M.Wikipedia. Org/wiki/multifunction_cardiogram. ...Read more

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Does inflammatory vs malignancy in the remarks of CT scan of lungs with 203cc solid mass mean its cancer?

Does inflammatory vs malignancy in the remarks of CT scan of lungs with 203cc solid mass mean its cancer?

No: No. It is at times difficult to differentiate inflammation/infection from a malignancy on ct. Pet/ct may more helpful where there is suspicion. However, this may also limited in differentiating infection/ inflammation from cancer. That being said, imaging does not arrive at a pathological diagnosis. When possible, any suspicion of lung cancer requires pathological confirmation through a biopsy. ...Read more

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CT scan of lungs (to rule out clot) showed 15mm lesion on sternum, well corticated. Do I need this monitored or further tests?

CT scan of lungs (to rule out clot) showed 15mm lesion on sternum, well corticated. Do I need this monitored or further tests?

If it were me, I--: --would. I would want an MRI bone scan. This would give me an idea if solid or cystic, also the nuclear scan would tell me if it is active, ie: destroying bone. The scan would tell me if there is increased bone uptake, meaning the bone is actively being repaired. If @ all suspicious, have it removed. ...Read more

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37 wks preg. CT scan of lungs ruled out oulmonary embolism but showed minor dependency change and atelectasis. Suggested air trapping. Is this concern?

What they: Are calling dependent changes are usually normal and simply related to the effect of gravity on your lungs when you lay on your back. "Air trapping" relates to retention of excess air in the lungs or parts of the lungs. The CT findings of air trapping can be seen in normal individuals, but also in asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other entities, so talk to your doc about the results. ...Read more

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What damage can LPR acid reflux can do to lungs in long term if my pft and xray blood report are normal do I need CT scan of lungs for breathlessness?

Treat LPR: If you have ruled out any cardiac and anxiety issue, you will need to get the LPR treated. If treatment failed, you may consider the Linx device. A Cochrane review had noted that treating reflux reduced the symptoms of asthma but did not improve lung function (if you have asthma). Vocal cord dysfunction may be triggered by LPR. Consult GI doctor for the LPR and ENT for vocal cord evaluation. ...Read more

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Couldn't breath & pain in left arm- all test came back neg- CT scan of lungs ekgs bloodwork- no heart attack per dr.- 24 hrs still having same issues?

Couldn't breath & pain in left arm- all test came back neg- CT scan of lungs ekgs bloodwork- no heart attack per dr.- 24 hrs still having same issues?

Cardiac workup: You may not have had a heart attack but still could be having heart pains due to a severely constricted coronary artery. Would talk to your docs about having a stress scan, or ct angiogram which can diagnose blockages that haven't yet caused a heart attack but are possibly causing your pains which may be warnings of an impending heart attack. ...Read more

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How long does a CT scan take of your lungs?

How long does a CT scan take of your lungs?

CT scan: Should not take more than 5-10 minutes at most to actually scan you. If it is ordered with contrast they may have to place an IV and scan you with and without the contrast. ...Read more

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Had CT scan which show the shaped of my lungs are not normal, what can cause the shaped to change. Thanks?

Need more info: Please be more specific. It would help if you can include exact wording from ct report so that I may help you. ...Read more

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1/4 inch spot on lungs after CT scan what next?

1/4 inch spot on lungs after CT scan what next?

Follow established: Depends on smoking, infection, enviornment history & size of nodule. At ~1.2 cm, ct or pet-ct may be indicated in 3 mos. With hi suspicion and no prior nodule, could biopsy now. Else consider that if repeat scans in 9-12 then 24 mos are all stable, then could stop scans. ...Read more

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What to do if I have what feels like hyperinflated lungs, although my recent expiratory CT scan shows no air trapping.?

What to do if I have what feels like hyperinflated lungs, although my recent expiratory CT scan shows no air trapping.?

Air trapping: Talk to your doctor. The way to diagnose COPD etc... is with pulmonary function tests, not necessarily CT. ...Read more

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What is the mass found on a lung during a ct-scan be?

What is the mass found on a lung during a ct-scan be?

Infection, Cancer, +: Infection, hemorrhage, tumors (benign and malignant (cancerous)) fluid and even fibrosis can have a similar appearance. If it is mostly calcified, it is likely benign, old infection called a granuloma. Comparison to older scans can help determine if it has grown. The concern is whether or not it is cancer. Recommend seeing a primary care provider, perhaps a pulmonologist consult and pet/ct. ...Read more

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A soft tissue was found on my lung from a CT scan what is my next step?

More info: If the ct appearance is non diagnostic, and there are no old studies for comparison, further evaluation may depend on location and size.

If the module is bigger than approximately 1 cm, pet/ ct may be helpful in further characterization. Some nodules are amenable to end a bronchial ultrasound guided evaluation.

Biopsy may be needed to obtain an exact diagnosis. ...Read more

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They found two nodes in my lung from CT scan; scared to death, am I going to die?

Unlikely: Here in kansas, most people have a histoplasmosis nodule or two. It's harmless -- an area in which some old fungus invaders are walled off. ...Read more

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A ct scan found several cysts on my lungs and a pluralparenchymal opacity also what do these finding mean?

A ct scan found several cysts on my lungs and a pluralparenchymal opacity also what do these finding mean?

Several things: Cysts can be acquired secondary to previous lung disease such as infection, congenital etc, Not usually problem unless get very large, infected, or burst causing air in pleural space. Pleuroparenchymal density usually nodule which can be scar tissue, infection, tumor etc. A lot depends on whether lesion is stable or progressive. If had previous xray good to compare. Do not know reason for chest xray ...Read more

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2 nodules found in my lungs. 7 and 8mm. Smoker for 35 years. Why wait 3 months to see if they grow for 2nd CT scan as opposed to doing biopsy now?

Risk: Inserting a needle or going through your airway to get these small spots can cause more harm including death. This protocol of rescanning can decide if it is indeed cancer. Small growths like these could be noncancerous. Good luck ...Read more

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Possible cause mass on lung by ct scan?

Possible cause mass on lung by ct scan?

Many things: The general categories are Infection, Cancer, Non-cancer tumors, collapsed lung, blood, fluid, and more. The radiologist should be able to narrow down the potential causes from the appearance. Ask for a detailed radiology report. If this doesn't satisfy you, speak with your primary care doctor. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more


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Ct Scan (Definition)

Computed tomography (ct scan) or computed axial tomography (cat scan), is a medical imaging procedure that utilizes computer-processed x-rays to produce tomographic images or 'slices' of specific ...Read more