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Doctor insights on: Is It Dangerous To Have A Thoracic Mass Close To Your Lung And Heart

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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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How bad is a parathyroid that is close to your lung and heart?

How bad is a parathyroid that is close to your lung and heart?

Not sure: You must be referring to thyroid gland which is normally in neck and have parathyroid glands under that, sometimes a pt can have retrosternal thyroid in chest mostly in superior mediastinum. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have chest pain that spreads from your heart to your arm?

Is it normal to have chest pain that spreads from your heart to your arm?

No go to ER: You need to go to er asap. Call 911 or have someone drive you. If right arm, it could be something other than heart attack, and you do not give an age. However, with your presenting symptoms, you need immediate attention. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is lung cancer in your neck and can you feel it.

Is lung cancer in your neck and can you feel it.

Possible,,,: Lung cancer can result in superior vena cava syndrome where the big vein that goes from your head to your heart is throttled by the cancer, resulting in a bulging neck vein. So it can be felt. ...Read more

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Would it be possible that a calcium build up on the lungs lead to cancer?

Would it be possible that a calcium build up on the lungs lead to cancer?

Granuloma?: I am guessing that you want to know whether a calcified granuloma in the lung is a cancer risk. These are very common -- here in kansas city most of us have them from histoplasmosis -- and despite what other folks may tell you, I do not believe they are a cancer risk. ...Read more

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If you had lung cancer that has spread to other parts of your body would it probably be big enough to be seen on X-ray or your blood work be off?

If you had lung cancer that has spread to other parts of your body would it probably be big enough to be seen on X-ray or your blood work be off?

Yes and no: When Cancer starts to spread, it begins as clusters of cells that form tiny colonies in other body parts. These will grow in size over a few months to become visible on X-rays and various diagnostic imaging tests such as CT scan and or PET scan. Blood tests do not show cancer cells , so we rely on the above imaging tests and repeat them periodically(every 2-3 months) to monitor for the tumor growt ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with a chronic lung disease at age 10 and needed a transplant. Is it true that it can be hard to find lungs because of size?

I was diagnosed with a chronic lung disease at age 10 and needed a transplant. Is it true that it can be hard to find lungs because of size?

Transplant center: The transplant center will list you for the allocation of the new donor lungs. The time that a patient remains on the list prior to finding a donor that is a good match varies and depends on a number of factors. Your age is only one of the factors. It also depends how many other kids your age are waiting. Once a good match is determined, the center moves quickly to perform the transplantation. ...Read more

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Fetus with a collapsed lung. Is it possible to operate?

Fetus with a collapsed lung. Is it possible to operate?

Confusing question: The lung of a fetus does not collapse before birth, it may not develop or be pushed out of position by intestines that invade the lung cavity. If the lung didn't develop on one or both sides, death soon after delivery is possible. If intestines are pushing normal lung to the side, surgery can pull it back & see if it will work.Collapse of normal lung after birth can be re-inflated without surgery. ...Read more

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Is it possible that it be life threatening or fatal to go on a treadmill with a knot in the carotid artery?

Is it possible that it be life threatening or fatal to go on a treadmill with a knot in the carotid artery?

Knot?: Knot is not a medical term so it's hard to advise you. Do you have stenosis (blockage)? Aneurysm (dilation)?, ectasia (dilation)? Tortuosity ("cork-screwing")? Whoever told you that your carotid is abnormal can probably best advise you of its significance. ...Read more

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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 more

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How large would a lung mass have to be to show up on a chest x-ray?

How large would a lung mass have to be to show up on a chest x-ray?

By definition: A mass is 3 cm or greater. A nodule is anything smaller. Depending on how good the film is, you can see nodules less than a cm I think....I'm not a radiologist though. CT scan is much better for assessing pathology in the lungs ...Read more

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Ok so is it just as likely to experience symptoms from a 2.6cm (or smaller) lung nodule as it is from a lung mass?

Variable: Most small masses, nodules, lesions of that size are asymptomatic! the incidental finding is good luck. Depending on exact location, bronchoscopy may define the cause most will be removed. Some will biopsy first, but the thoracic surgeon will guide this with you. ...Read more

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Is it safe to get a tattoo on the upper chest right below collar bones even though it's close to the heart and arteries?

Is it safe to get a tattoo on the upper chest right below collar bones even though it's close to the heart and arteries?

Yes: You are still outside the ribcage and probably on top of the chest muscles, so deposition of ink in the skin would not be expected to affect the heart and arteries. Still need to be careful for infections. Ensure sterile technique. Use an experienced professional; dont let your buddy with his tattoo machine fresh from ebay do it :o). ...Read more

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What is causing bullae to appear on lung, except smoking? And does someone in family need to have it previously in order for you to be born with it?

What is causing bullae to appear on lung, except smoking? And does someone in family need to have it previously in order for you to be born with it?

Various infections: Various infections and emphysema can cause bullae to develop. You sound like an informed individual, please discuss your particular case with your doctor or lung specialist . Best wishes. If you do smoke, stop. ...Read more