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Scar Tissue In Lungs
I got a scar tissue in lung after radiation therapy for breast cancer. No one told me it could happen. What should I do?
Very rare, but...: ...Well-recognized complication of breast radiation therapy (of course, when you are that "one in a million", that doesn't help). Modern techniques are designed to maximize rx to the breast & minimize effects on the heart and lungs. Your radiation oncologist certainly should have discussed this with you pre-treatment--informed consent is a necessary part of any rx regimen. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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
Not worth the risk: The risk of surgery to remove scar tissue is not warranted unless you have severe symptoms. You should discuss it with your doctor. ...Read more
It's possible: There is precedence for scar turning into cancer. On the skin, long-standing scars can develop cancer so it's not out of the realm of possibility. Chronic irritation can contribute to changes. Usually it works in the opposite direction; cancer can mimic scar tissue and may not be diagnosed unless it grows. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Dr says I have scar tissue on pleura/lungs after having pleurisy earlier this year. Is this why i still get chest pain which is worse on exertion?
Could be: Obviously that is too complex of a question to answer with certainty over the internet, but it is a reasonable potential cause, particularly if your dr has evaluated you for more serious causes of chest pain, in which case nsaids or other pain management should help reduce limitation to function/mobility. Talk to your dr about this. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
3 wks ago went to urgent care w/a bronchial cough tha lasted 2 wks. X-rays looked clear. Got call today, found scar tissue on right lung. Means what?
X-Ray finding: You are looking at shadows. You have to look at a follow film in 6 month time to see if there has been any change in film. In the meantime, sit tight. ...Read more
The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...Read more