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What is radiological differential diagnosis of a cavity in the lungs with air fluid level?

What is radiological differential diagnosis of a cavity in the lungs with air fluid level?

Depends: Depending on if you have any symptoms, both acute or chronic, this can be related to a number of things. A general differential can be easily Google'd however with this described finding I rec you see a pulmonologist to fully review your hx and findings. If you have an active cough, you should be wearing a mask and seek immediate evaluation to make sure you're not contagious. ...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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I have a three centimetre lump in my lungs one opinion is a lymph node and other opinion it was a mass. Should I be pushing for a complete diagnosis?

I have a three centimetre lump in my lungs  one opinion is a lymph node and other opinion  it was a mass. Should I be pushing for a complete diagnosis?

Needs work up: You first need to find out if it is in fact a lung mass or a lymph node. Chest CT is a good test for that. Clinical correlation and of smoking history is also significant. See a lung doctor please. ...Read more

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My 29 year old was daughter was diagnosis with high grade undifferentiated sarcoma primary site lung 13.9 CM mass removed in nov . What is her prognosis?

My 29 year old was daughter was diagnosis with high grade undifferentiated sarcoma primary site lung 13.9 CM mass removed in nov . What is her prognosis?

Variable: It depends on her stage of disease that i assume was early and her sarcoma had not metastasized and hence she had surgery. She will need oncological follow up and chemotherapy may be indicated. Please see an oncologist and discuss pathology reports with them. ...Read more

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My father is 65, never smoked, no asbestos. Has a mass in the lungs, severe joint pain and stiffness, history of gout. What is most likely diagnosis?

My father is 65, never smoked, no asbestos.  Has a mass in the lungs, severe joint pain and stiffness, history of gout.  What is most likely diagnosis?

My best to: Your father, first. It is not easy to tell with the limited information. If the mass is capable of being biopsied either via bronchoscopy or percutaneously that would provide accurate diagnosis. While malignancy is certainly the fear that looms large it is not certain without a tissue diagnosis. ...Read more

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What does a 5-6cm mass in the lungs look like?

What does a 5-6cm mass in the lungs look like?

2 to 2.5 inches.: The word "mass" is typically used to describe a solid growth. One that is 6 cm would measure approximately 2 to 2.5 inches in size. The color, consistency and borders of the mass would be different depending upon the make up of the mass (infectious/inflammatory process versus benign tumor versus malignant tumor). ...Read more

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Can pneumonia cause a lung mass?

Can pneumonia cause a lung mass?

No: Recurrent pneumonia can cause chronic scarring in the lung, but pneumonia itself not known to cause cancer or lung mass. ...Read more

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Does pnemonia show up as a mass on lungs?

Does pnemonia show up as a mass on lungs?

Not usually: Pneumonia itself does not usually appear as a mass on an xray. However, those that have a mass in their lungs, can develop an infection on top of that so it can definitely appear that way. It is always best to have a repeat chest x ray after you have been treated for pneumonia to make sure there is no underlying mass. Take care! ...Read more

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What does its mean when you are diagnosed with critical mass of viable lung tissue?

What does its mean when you are diagnosed with critical mass of viable lung tissue?

? COPD ?: Ghee i googled that and could not find anything. You have have take a sentence out of a paragraph that needs clarification. ...Read more

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I have a 3.5 cm. Starburst mass, in my lower right lobe of my lung,so what is next. ?

Ask pulmonologist: A lung mass is always of concern. Sometimes it can be determined to be benign simply by comparing xrays or CT scans over time. Often it must be biopsied. If possible, this is done through a scope passed down the windpipe. Sometimes that won't reach and biopsy must be done through the chest wall, guided by CT scan. In special cases biopsy is done with a scope through the chest wall or surgically. ...Read more

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Differential Diagnosis (Definition)

Is a process of elimination, to look at several possibilities for diagnosing a probable illness, through process of elimination, to narrow those probabilities, so as a ...Read more