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What does a nodule in upper right lobe of the lung 4.6mm and not calcified mean discovered via health check CT scan?

What does a nodule in upper right lobe of the lung 4.6mm and not calcified mean discovered via health check CT scan?

Nodule: Usually benign nodule. It is common to find these. Most often they are related to a fungal spore. Talk to your doctor, but a reasonable course would be to get repeat chest xray 6 months. ...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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Any ideas why heart failures come from pulmonary embolism in the right upper lobe of the lung in arteriosclerosis?

Any ideas why heart failures come from pulmonary embolism in the right upper lobe of the lung in arteriosclerosis?

Several ways: The pe can cause low oxygen including what goes to the heart. It can put strain on the heart, dilate the right side, cause hormones to be released cause tachycardia and due to that chf, arrhythmia and failure of the heart to push blood if big enough. It can then cause paradoxical pressures in the ventricles collapsing the left ventricle due to right pressure. ...Read more

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What if my collasped lung dosent reinflate only one lobe collasped will the lung rot and cause trouble?

What if my collasped lung dosent reinflate  only one lobe collasped will the lung rot and cause trouble?

No: With the correct treatment no lung/lobe will remain permanently compressed. And lungs do not rot. ...Read more

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I had a surgery of my right lung, removal of non cancer noduals upper lobe removed, was in hospetal for 28 days ?

I had a surgery of my right lung, removal of non cancer noduals upper lobe removed, was in hospetal for 28 days ?

Depends on details: The details of why and how the surgery was performed as well as baseline health status all impact length of stay (los). Generally, minimally invasive (vats or robotic) surgery has shorter los then thoracotomy. Generally, more "normal" lung tissue vs emphysematous/copd lung tissue has less complications and therefore shorter los. Saying much beyond would be wild speculation. ...Read more

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My mom is scheduled for a lobe removal on her left lung due to cancer. What can I expect on the healing process? She is 78 and in good shape.

My mom is scheduled for a lobe removal on her left lung due to cancer.  What can I expect on the healing process? She is 78 and in good shape.

-: The recovery from lung surgery depends on other medical conditions and problems; i assume that her lung function is adequate enough for her to proceed with surgery so if everything goes well she should recover well; the outcomes from lung surgeries are generally better at larger high volume centers; if possible consider having surgery at a large volume center close by, . ...Read more

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I have a atelectasis at the lung bases bilaterally and it appears to be a slight elevation of the left hemidiaphragm what does this mean ?

I have a atelectasis  at the lung bases bilaterally and it appears to be a slight elevation of the left hemidiaphragm what does this mean ?

Lung doc: You want to see your lung doc. Ask about a test about your diaphragm, such as ultrasound and real diaphragmatic movements, or fluoroscopy. Also discuss testing such as ultrasound, CT, MRI for the abdomen and the chest. You may also need pulmonary function testing. Ask your lung doc and good luck! ...Read more

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If parts of the lung became hypoxic but the rest of the body had enough oxygen, would this still cause a short of breath feeling?

If parts of the lung became hypoxic but the rest of the body had enough oxygen, would this still cause a short of breath feeling?

Theoretically...: Consider ventilation-perfusion mismatches classically shown by V/Q scans. To deliver oxygen & release carbon dioxide, you need circulating capillaries & open alveoli. "Parts of the lung [becoming] hypoxic" is not exactly the right phrasing. But, along those lines, if you had a lobe collapse, an embolus, or pulmonary edema, if large enough, they will impact ventilation & cause shortness of breath. ...Read more

Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more