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Doctor insights on: Causes Of Scar Tissue On Lungs

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Could radiation treatments for breast cancer cause scar tissue in the lungs?

Could radiation treatments for breast cancer cause scar tissue in the lungs?

Yes: This was a more common occurrence before modern tangential fields that avoid the lung. However, if the lung receives significant radiation, then pulmonary fibrosis can develop. ...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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Cured from PTB 1 year back.got scar tissue on right upper lung & midzonal consolidation. Sometimes get shortness of breath. What is the cause?

Cured from PTB 1 year back.got scar tissue on right upper lung & midzonal consolidation. Sometimes get shortness of breath. What is the cause?

Many conditions: It is possible with loss of volume due to scarring to have shortness of breath, from your description the scar tissue is in a specific focused area. I would suggest discussing other causes with your physician. A lung function test and oxygen saturation test can be performed. Avoid smoke and document any history of wheezing with your doctor and Virtual pulmonary healthtap consult appt ...Read more

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Can scar tissue from were I had mediport removed, cause chest pain? I stay with pain in my chest.

Can scar tissue from were I had mediport removed, cause chest pain? I stay with pain in my chest.

Yes, if nerve cut: Scar tissue from the mediport surgery, if it severed a nerve, could cause persistent discomfort. A scar growing over the area only adds to the problem, as it may have prevented the nerve from regrowing properly. Most scars, tho, have no sensation (not even pressure or temperature) which is why they feel "weird". There cd b another cause - TTYD 4 a good evaluation. Good Luck & thanks 4 ur question! ...Read more

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I cant move left arm & upper chest normally since thoracotomy caused scar tissue. What to do?

I cant move left arm & upper chest normally since thoracotomy caused scar tissue. What to do?

Scar tissue: Scar tissue after thoracotomy can limit usual range of motion. How long ago was the surgery? What is your general health & mobility like? Answers to these questions can determine if you will improve with time or if you need a scar revision. Consult with us. ...Read more

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Would scar tissue left from pleurisy show up on a chest x-ray? Also would scar tissue cause recurring chest pain?

Would scar tissue left from pleurisy show up on a chest x-ray? Also would scar tissue cause recurring chest pain?

Yes: Pleurisy is caused by inflammation of the linings around the lungs (the pleura), a condition also known as pleuritis. It's possible to have developed scarring. It's also possible that there's a little bit of leftover damage still healing itself. It's widespread inflammation, takes some time to heal, and that could cause chronic chest pain or discomfort. ...Read more

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Would it be possible for someone to develop scar tissue on the lungs?

Would it be possible for someone to develop scar tissue on the lungs?

Yes: Causes can include bacterial or fungal infection, exposure to scalding fumes or disease processes like sarcoidosis as well as many other things. Yes lung tissue is really very fragile and susceptible to injury. ...Read more

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Can there be some type of surgery that can remove scar tissue in the lungs?

Can there be some type of surgery that can remove scar tissue in the lungs?

Not worth the risk: The risk of surgery to remove scar tissue is not warranted unless you have severe symptoms. You should discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more

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Is it possible for scar tissue on the lungs to become cancer?

Is it possible for scar tissue on the lungs to become cancer?

It's possible: There is precedence for scar turning into cancer. On the skin, long-standing scars can develop cancer so it's not out of the realm of possibility. Chronic irritation can contribute to changes. Usually it works in the opposite direction; cancer can mimic scar tissue and may not be diagnosed unless it grows. ...Read more

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Doctor said i had a little scar tissue on my lungs can I feel anything from that?

Usually not: Most people that have scarring from infection or injury do not have any symptoms. If you start to have pain fever or cough you should see your doctor. ...Read more

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Can scar tissue develop on lung 6 years after lumpectomy?. All previous scans clear.

Can scar tissue develop on lung 6 years after lumpectomy?. All previous scans clear.

I assume the: lumpectomy was on the breast tissue and not the lung in which case scar tissue on the lung should not occur and if something new for you would recommend further imaging with better resolution, ie MRI scanning. ...Read more

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Dr says I have scar tissue on pleura/lungs after having pleurisy earlier this year. Is this why i still get chest pain which is worse on exertion?

Dr says I have scar tissue on pleura/lungs after having pleurisy earlier this year. Is this why i still get chest pain which is worse on exertion?

Could be: Obviously that is too complex of a question to answer with certainty over the internet, but it is a reasonable potential cause, particularly if your dr has evaluated you for more serious causes of chest pain, in which case nsaids or other pain management should help reduce limitation to function/mobility. Talk to your dr about this. ...Read more

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In a lung x-ray, how can a radiologist tell "scar tissue" from a mass, i.e. cancer?

In a lung x-ray, how can a radiologist tell "scar tissue" from a mass, i.e. cancer?

Challenging: This can be challenging, but serial imaging could help. Scar tissue will remain stable while mass will be stable or increase in size depending on if it is malignant or benign ...Read more

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3 wks ago went to urgent care w/a bronchial cough tha lasted 2 wks. X-rays looked clear. Got call today, found scar tissue on right lung. Means what?

3 wks ago went to urgent care w/a bronchial cough tha lasted 2 wks. X-rays looked clear. Got call today, found scar tissue on right lung. Means what?

X-Ray finding: You are looking at shadows. You have to look at a follow film in 6 month time to see if there has been any change in film. In the meantime, sit tight. ...Read more

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10 yr bc survivor . Cxr showed a solid nodule in lung, or in chest wall. What's the difference of lung and chest wall? Scar tissue fm mastectomy ?

10 yr  bc survivor . Cxr showed a solid nodule in lung, or in chest wall.  What's the difference of lung and chest wall?  Scar tissue  fm mastectomy ?

Need Further Work-Up: The chest wall refers to the ribcage and muscles that cover them; the lungs are within the rib cage. A solid nodule in either location, especially if it is new, requires further testing & possible biopsy to determine if it is cancerous or scar tissue; this should begin with a (pet) ct to determine exactly where this nodule is. ...Read more

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Could a mass in between the lung and heart be scar tissue from a hernia surgery?

Could a mass in between the lung and heart be scar tissue from a hernia surgery?

See doctor: It is unlikely that the mass could have arisen from a hernia surgery. Hernias are near the surface of the body, while this sounds like it is deeper. It could be something serious, like a malignancy, so you might need a biopsy. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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Why is there more scar tissue on a chest x ray?

If you mean compared: To a prior chest xray, it could be due to infections or other lung diseases during the interval between the x-rays, leading to some scarring. Alternatively, the radiologist that read this xray may have been more impressed with some areas of scarring and mentioned it in the report, but it was there before, and not new. ...Read more

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I had a chest tube 4mths ago for pericardial window & now I have pain in that area. Scar tissue? Adhesion? Is pain normal to start this far out?

I had a chest tube 4mths ago for pericardial window & now I have pain in that area. Scar tissue? Adhesion?  Is pain normal to start this far out?

It would not be: surprising to have some residual discomfort due to adhesions, retractions or scarring. It is unlikely to be infection. If the discomfort persists it would be worth a visit to your health care provider to be examined. ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more


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Scarring (Definition)

A scar is the result of the body healing. It is the end product of a long cascade of signals and cellular repair that takes approximately a year to complete, and a lifetime to maintain. It is a normal process that occurs whenever ...Read more