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Do You Get A Collapsed Lung After A Lung Biopsy
You may: A small percentage of patients will get a pneumothorax ( air around the lung) during a lung biopsy. Of these only a small percent would need any treatment for it ( a chest tube or small thoracic vent) to remove the air and allow the lung to re expand. The risk depends on the location of the lesion and underlying condition of the lungs. In most patients it is a relatively safe procedure. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Lung biopsy is a procedure to obtain a piece of lung tissue for analysis. This can potentially be done in several ways. 1. Radiologist can perform a needle biopsy (trans-thoracic) 2. Surgeon or pulmonologist can perform biopsy during bronchoscopy (trans-bronchial biopsy) 3. Thoracic surgeon can perform a surgical biopsy. If surgical biopsy is performed, generally standard ...Read more
Yes: It depends on the severity of your emphysema. There are other options as well like lung volume reduction surgery that you may be a good candidate for. Either way you need to be evaluated by a team of doctors that specialize in treating this type of conditions. Your doctor can refer you to an appropriate lung specialist who can discuss all options with you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Only small ones.: Collapsed lungs ("pneumothorax") are very common after trauma and make occur spontaneously, often due to small blebs on the lung. In the era of ct scans, we find many, many pneumothoraces that would have been way too small to be seen on traditional chest x-ray. If it is small (~15-20%) and not associated with shortness of breath, a repeat x-ray will show resolution w/o rx most of the time. ...Read more
Lung transplant: You don't necessarily need to be on a vent if you need a lung transplant. Patients typically placed on a transplant list have severe emphysema and are 65 or younger. They cannot be smoking and other medical problems need to be minimal. Patients on prolonged mechanical ventilation are quite advanced and may not be considered candidates for transplants if the primary pulmonary issue is emphysema. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Does a PET scan have a much better chance of picking up a central lung cancer if it was missed at LDCT?
LDCT is a : noncontrast lung nodule screening study, and it is possible that small central lesions may not be visualized due to proximity to normal blood vessels or other structures. PET is extremely sensitive, but if a diagnostic contrast enhanced CT scan with thinner collimation and higher resolution is negative, probably unnecessary. ...Read more
Can a few lung nodule disappear / cannot see in cxr over a year if you undergo treatment or something?
Yes: "lung nodule/s" is a radiographic finding and not a diagnosis. The presence of nodules does not indicate cancer and the vast majority of nodule are in fact benign (not cancer). They can be inflammation, infection, scar, and numerous other possibilities. As such, yes, many nodules to shrink, "resolve", and/or disappear. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
CF/tx: CF patients who are not able to be managed with medical therapy can be considered for lung transplantation. The decision is complex and consists of an assessment of survival benefit as well as whether the candidate is a good patient for the lung transplantation and follow up care. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Can you lung cancer if you don't smoke? Can you still get lung cancer if you smoked for only 10 years?
Had a ct scan and have a 6mm nodule on the lung radiologist said no follow up if not a smoker should I be worried about cancer I'm not a smoker?
See below: Worrying is not a useful option. About 10% of the lung cancers in occur in non-smokers. It would be prudent to consult your primary care provider, who would know more about your health, for the advisability of a PET scan, MRI, other action or watchful waiting. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more
What to do if i got results of a 1 CM suspicious lung lesion and am scheduled for a biopsy tomorrow. Could this be cancer?
Chill: Your question is a bit confusing but as i understand you are going to have a biopsy, no? I know it's easy to say but please chill until you get the results. It may be benign. If it is malignant, make sure you get a good team of doctors from different specialties who will plan the course of therapy properly. Hope it's nothing. ...Read more
Would it be possible for someone to donate a lung to a cystic fibrosis patient when you are a smoker?
Depends: If your pulmonary function tests show both lungs to have adequate capacity and no significant emphysema then it could be possible. Bear in mind that you both have to be able to live relatively normal lives on the single remaining lung. Both you and the recipient should avoid being in the same room with a cigarette! ...Read more
On feb 2012 after CT lung scan a 2mm lung nodule was found. Do i need to retest? Can a 2mm lung nodule disappear and if yes how long does it takes?
Need a followup: 2mm is really below any diagnostic resolution of ct. In your age, it most likely represents a bening finding, rather than a lung cancer. You should have had a follow up scan 3-6 months to assure either resolution of the nodule or to determine if it got larger. These can easily disappear if inflammatory. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What to do when you get a chest xray and it shows a minimal lung base collapse?What should ur doc do to you in a case like this
chest X-ray on 3/10/13
Depends on the : Reason for the cxr to begin with. If you were recently sick with pneumonia, it could just be left over changes, and you can repeat cxr in 3 months to double check. If there is suspicion for cancer (very unlikely in a 17 year old!), then get a ct to evaluate further. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
Biopsy is tissue removed by needle or cutting to remove part of a body part. It is usually a small amount of material that is processed by a pathologist. Most of the time it is stained and looked at through a microscope to arrive at a diagnosis. Special processes are done for some tissues or problems. The purpose is to tell what the problem is (diagnosis). ...Read more
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