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Mass In Lung What Could It Be
My 5 year old daughter has a paratrecheal mass in one lung. What could this be? We have been told it was hystoplasmosis, leukemia, or tuberculosis.
Paratracheal mass: I don't believe that any of those 3 diagnosis can explain that paratracheal mass based on the usual clinical presentation and radiographic presentation of those diseases. I think that she should have a proper ct scan chest with high resolution and see a cardiothoracic surgeon for consultation. Could it be some kind of anatomic anomaly or diverticulum is possible. ...Read more
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
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
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
Yes: If it is irritating part of the airway, or lining (pleura) of the lung. ...Read more
? 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
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not always : But it should be evaluated. Depending on it size and appearance, your doc may be more or less inclined to get a biopsy. I'm assuming he/she will if it is a "mass" and not a "tiny nodule" but not much more can be said with the info provided. Make sure you see your family doc and he/she will decide on the next step. If you smoke, this is the time to quit. ...Read more
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