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Doctor insights on: Right Lung Mass Within Mediastinal Lymph Nodes With Bone Lesion

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Neck MRI showed "several top-normal diam lymph nodes scattered about the left jugulo-digastric chain, most notable at left Level II" as well as lymphadenopathy. This is where my doc felt the supraclavicular "mass", as he called it. Also, I have been havi

Neck MRI showed "several top-normal diam lymph nodes scattered about the left jugulo-digastric chain, most notable at left Level II" as well as lymphadenopathy. This is where my doc felt the supraclavicular "mass", as he called it.  Also, I have been havi

Not sure of question: It sounds like your doctor found a "mass" in your neck above your collar bone and recommended an MRI. This confirmed the presence of lymph nodes in the same area, some of which were slightly large, at the upper ("top normal") limit of normal. These could be reactive... responding to some inflammation/infection nearby or neoplastic (tumor). Depending on other symptoms, observation or biopsy is next ...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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My granpa is diagnosed with a enhncing mass in left lung which is 8 CM in dia. And 7cm in length and is spreading toward liver n lymph nodes. Pls help?

My granpa is diagnosed with a enhncing mass in left lung which is 8 CM in dia. And 7cm in length and is spreading toward liver n lymph nodes. Pls help?

May be malignant: Lung masses, especially when associated with spread to lymph nodes, is almost definitely malignant (and serious). He needs an immediate consult with a pulmonologist (lung doctor) and/or oncologist. I biopsy needs to be done, and the treatment based on the results. Don't delay. ...Read more

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Need help docs! my 12 year old son has lymph nodes on his right lung. What causes this?

Need help docs! my 12 year old son has lymph nodes on his right lung. What causes this?

Many causes: Many conditions may cause an enlargement of lymph nodes. Infection, inflammation, chronic disease and malignancy are some possibilities. A TB test can be placed to screen for TB and a cbc, with a differential can be ordered by your physician. Prmg peds can review medical records/xrays faxed to 858 259 9689. ...Read more

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9mm nodule found in my right lung, 2mm found in left not there last year.Smoker. Other nodule scattered left subpectoral lymph nodes.What next step.

9mm nodule found in my right lung, 2mm found in  left not there last year.Smoker. Other nodule scattered left subpectoral lymph nodes.What next step.

Needs to monitor: For someone with smoking history, a 9 mm nodule needs to be worked up. You can either biopsy it or follow up with a repeat ct in 3 months. The concern for these nodule is cancer, so please follow up on it. ...Read more

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I have had swollen lymph nodes on my neck and parotiditis, now they found a mass in my lung and half is not working?

I have had swollen lymph nodes on my neck and parotiditis, now they found a mass in my lung and half is not working?

Maybe sarcoidosis?: ..Usually a benign condition, but can cause lung or other organ scarring in a small % of patients. It also sounds like you have a doctor, and for the complex situation you describe, you are better off asking questions of docs who know your history, than trying to figure it out online. I tell my patients, use information from the internet to get the questions to ask your doc, not the answers. ...Read more

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Ct scan found a lesion on my liver, a 6mm nodule on my lung, 2 tracheal lymph nodes 1cm each?

Ct scan found a lesion on my liver, a 6mm nodule on my lung, 2 tracheal lymph nodes 1cm each?

Follow up CT: The importance of the findings may depend on why your ct scan was done. Current guidelines suggest Incidental single lung nodules between 4-6 mm in patients over 35 need follow ct scan, the interval between scans is dependent on the risk of cancer (smokers, exposure to asbestos, etc). 10mm(1cm) lymph note near trachea is upper limits of normal size. ...Read more

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In layman's terms what does this mean? Prominent calcified mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes and scattered calcified granulomas in both lungs. Heart

In layman's terms what does this mean?
Prominent calcified mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes and scattered calcified granulomas in both lungs.
Heart

Old infection: would be the most common explanation, but there are some other illnesses that could cause this and be more worrisome. You need to ask the physician who ordered the x-ray what s/he was worried about, and what is the cause for these findings. Good luck! ...Read more

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In layman's terms what does this mean? Prominent calcified mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes and scattered calcified granulomas in both lungs. Heart

In layman's terms what does this mean?
Prominent calcified mediastinal and hilar lymph nodes and scattered calcified granulomas in both lungs.
Heart

Changes in tissue: These changes mean that some of the tissue of the heart and lungs is not the normal way it usually looks on xray. When tissue is damaged by infection or inflammation sometimes calcium builds in those areas and forms scars or when the body is trying to heal itself it forms a barrier around an abnormal area. The lymph nodes filters things out of the body and can get enlarged. ...Read more

Bone (Definition)

Bone is a living growing tissue made mostly of collagen (protein that provides soft framework) & the mineral calcium phosphate that adds strength & hardens the framework. Two types of bone are found in the body; cortical (dense compact outer layer) & trabecular (makes up inner layer, ...Read more


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Wounds (Definition)

A wound is a condition in which a person has some trauma to part of his body in which the surface of the skin or some other organ has been broken open. Wounds include clean cuts, jagged cuts, avulsions (ripping away) of ...Read more