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My cousin had his chest X-ray today and the radiologist said to him that his lung is enlarged and his heart is not visible.?

My  cousin had his chest X-ray today and the radiologist said to him that his lung is enlarged and  his heart is not visible.?

Kind of Weird: I'd say that is kind of weird. I suggest before you put much stock into what you ever learn in any x ray department, you wait and discuss the results with the doctor who ordered the x ray. A lot of misinformation comes from x ray department employees. I know that will offend some folks, but that is my experience. ...Read more

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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 had a chest X-ray and was told I have an enlarged lung is that bad I do smoke?

I had a chest X-ray and was told I have an enlarged lung is that bad I do smoke?

Overaeration: Overaerated or enlarged lungs can be related to air trapping in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease COPD or chronic asthma. Emphysema either congenital or acquired can enlarge lungs.Smoking is linked to COPD. ...Read more

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Ok wait. I think there's some confusion, most likely on my part but let explain/ask another way. 2008 br ca. Remission since 2010. Ct was done 2 weeks ago not for br ca but for supposed mass in urq. No mass however non calcified nodule on rt lung enlarged

Ok wait. I think there's some confusion, most likely on my part but let explain/ask another way. 2008 br ca. Remission since 2010. Ct was done 2 weeks ago not for br ca but for supposed mass in urq. No mass however non calcified nodule on rt lung enlarged

Lung nodules : Are very common and the vast majority are not cancer (over 95%). A growing nodule has to be evaluated as if it is cancer until proven otherwise. This usually means a pet scan followed by surgery if it is "avid" or further tests (biopsy, serial ct scans) if it is not. This is a very simplified explanation, so make sure you ask your doctor about this process. This is not spread of brain cancer. ...Read more

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Weight gain, swollen ankles more left, cough more then 2 months, head aches, chest pain when eating, irregular periods, enlarged lymnodes in lungs, ?

Weight gain, swollen ankles more left, cough more then 2 months, head aches, chest pain when eating, irregular periods, enlarged lymnodes in lungs, ?

See your doctor: 2 months of systemic symptoms and enlarged lung lymph nodes could be caused by a chronic infection of some types of blood or lymph cancer. Sometimes these things are hard to sort out but you should be working closely with your regular doctor or a pulmonary (lung) specialist. ...Read more

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Hi. I had X-ray in March was clear. Had X-ray last week for bronchitis and showed enlarged hear and overexpanded lung. Not smoking. How worried?

Hi.  I had X-ray in March was clear.  Had X-ray last week for bronchitis and showed enlarged hear and overexpanded lung. Not smoking.  How worried?

Variations: Were exams performed at same institution. You should make sure that they are compared as far as cardiac size and technique of exams being similar.Sometimes statement of enlarged heart and overexpanded lungs is subjective and can differ from one interpreter to another. You as patient and consumer have right to ask questions and additional review particularly if no associated iclinical findings. ...Read more

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Mildly enlarged lymph nodes on lungs after pet scan. What do this mean?

Mildly enlarged lymph nodes on lungs after pet scan. What do this mean?

Probably reactive: Your lymph nodes are "factories" for your immune system to produce a variety of substances and cells for fighting off infection. They can enlarge with even a cold. The swollen "glands" in the neck when you have strep throat are really lymph nodes. So, mildly enlarged nodes, especially if they have no or little FDG uptake on a pet/ct scan, are likely benign. Please see your health care provider. ...Read more

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Spirometry test shows I have COPD and x-rays show my lungs are enlarged, but I am a 21 year old non smoker?

Asthma vs COPD: Not all cases of COPD are due to smoking. Asthma can manifest enlarged lungs on chest xray too. Please ask your doctor to do full lung function tests and measure an alpha1 antitrypsin level. ...Read more

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My cousin had his chest X-ray today and the radiologist said to him that his lung is enlarged and his heart is not visible.?

Kind of Weird: I'd say that is kind of weird. I suggest before you put much stock into what you ever learn in any x ray department, you wait and discuss the results with the doctor who ordered the x ray. A lot of misinformation comes from x ray department employees. I know that will offend some folks, but that is my experience. ...Read more

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