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Mom has high CA 19-9 (58.7), pancreatic CT scan clear. Lifelong SLE (lupus), but also new benign adrenal adenoma. Can this explain high tumor marker?

Mom has high CA 19-9 (58.7), pancreatic CT scan clear. Lifelong SLE (lupus), but also new benign adrenal adenoma. Can this explain high tumor marker?

Tumor marker: tumor markers like ca19-9 should not be used for diagnosis..they only good for follow up after diagnosis was made by tissue biopsy.use of tumor markers as screening may subject the patients to unnecessary testings which could lead to unnecessary complications . ...Read more

Dr. Lonnie Smith
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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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What tests will show how bad my lupus has progressed? An MRI or CT scan

What tests will show how bad my lupus has progressed? An MRI or CT scan

Depends on what: People with lupus have many possible combinations of symptoms and signs. At one time it was estimated there were over 1500 different combination. Now the questions what are you imaging? For the lungs usually a high resolution CT scan. For the brain an MRI scan. Your physicians will also do an examination and labs to see how your lupus is doing. ...Read more

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How do you detect pneumonitis in lupus patients? How is it treated? I went to the ER for sob, chest x-ray, echo, CT chest, d-dimer, CBC and bmp and it all came good. I feel i have"air hunger." i also have p.O.T.S. There has been no answer.

Lupus pneumonitis: Pneumoniitis isvinflammation with in the lung itself . It is not uncommon in lupus patients. It can be caused by auto immune basis and also by viruses , bacteria and fungi either by themselves or in conjunction with lupus and or from lowered immunity due to meds used in lupus. Diagnosis is by cxr, ct scan and at times by bronchoscpy with cultures etc . Treatment is directed against cause. ...Read more

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What could cause elevated sed rate and positive ANA 1:640 speck pattern? Lupus panel neg. Have had CT and mri. Back pain right flank soreness

What could cause elevated sed rate and positive ANA 1:640 speck pattern? Lupus panel neg. Have had CT and mri. Back pain right flank soreness

Uncertain : This may not be related to lupus this will depend on the evaluation of your physician but the + ANA can be there for many reasons. The elevated sedimentation rate can also suggest many other medical problems or even be normal. It appears you're having a very extensive evaluation. You might ask your physicians if this flank pain is referred pain. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray & CT (had d/t chest pain looking 4 pleurisy-i have lupus) sowed old rib fractures.Don't recall any trauma. Should i be concerned?

My chest X-ray & CT (had d/t chest pain looking 4 pleurisy-i have lupus) sowed old rib fractures.Don't recall any trauma. Should i be concerned?

Yes.: At age 29, with a history of lupus and old rib fractures, one should be evaluated for osteoporosis. If steroid has been used in your treatment, it can contribute to osteoporosis. You should discuss with your doctor whether or not bone density testing might be appropriate. ...Read more

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My pulmonary artery was sightly enlarged on chest X-ray & CT (having chest pain, dizziness).Echo showed I do not have pulm htn.Should i be concerned of arteryll? 'm being treated for ctd, likely lupus

No, but follow: It is not a big deal if you do not have plum a. Htn (pah). You may just have a generously sized pulm. A. However, since you are on treatment for a rheumatologic problem, you should follow up every year with a cardiologist for a repeat echo to evaluate for pah and any other problems related to your ctd. Echo is much better than ct as there's no radiation and it's an exam of the heart at work.... ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Korona
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Ct Scan (Definition)

Ct scan uses data from a beam of xrays and reconstructs a cross sectional image of your body. It is a high dose of xrays and used only when the benefits outweigh the risk. Cancer risk is 1 in 500 in children. Also using iodinated contrast might cause transient renal failure in about 5% of patients. (contrast induced nepropathy) most do not explain this to the patient as ...Read more