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Mom has cough and fatigue with flu like symptoms for 1 month. Internal md found spot on lung x-ray. When should she see a pulmonlogist?

Mom has cough and fatigue with flu like symptoms for 1 month.  Internal md found spot on lung x-ray.  When should she see a pulmonlogist?

When her: Internist refers her. The sx's may or may not be coming from the spot. If you like your doc stick with him, does she have a hx of a mood or stress disorder. It's unusual for this type of thing to linger for a month. Does she sleep well, having crying spells, losing or gaining weight? There may be more here. Trust me if ur doc thought she had cancer he would have sent her. Gd luc. ...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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Had X-ray 1yr ago (back pain) had small spot on rt upper lung, dr said calci. Now it hurts there when I take deep breath, fmr smoker, should I worry?

Yes: Suggest repeat cxr as any spot on lung should be followed for stability in its appearance. Also suggest pulmonary function testing due to smoking history. ...Read more

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I feel a pressure in my right lung in one spot and I've felt it there for months. also, very fatigued and minor wheeze. x-ray clear. What could it be?

I feel a pressure in my right lung in one spot and I've felt it there for months. also, very fatigued and minor wheeze. x-ray clear. What could it be?

See below: I agree, a CT scan would be the next thing to check. Also, it's possible it's not your lung. It may be musculoskeletal. And it may be completely unrelated to your wheezing. ...Read more

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High fevers, coughing up mucus with blood, bad smell from mucus&body skin. X-ray showed black spot on lung is this a cause of being a 40year smoker?

High fevers, coughing up mucus with blood, bad smell from mucus&body skin. X-ray showed black spot on lung is this a cause of being a 40year smoker?

Infection/spot: You need to follow up with your physician for a ct scan of your chest. It sounds like you have bronchitis or pneumonia; however, all bets are off in a smoker: get checked! ...Read more

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Dad had x-ray of shoulder & doctor found spot on lung-quarter size. They are doing full x-ray soon. Is this likely cancer? Could it be the scar on his

Dad had x-ray of shoulder & doctor found spot on lung-quarter size. They are doing full x-ray soon. Is this likely cancer? Could it be the scar on his

A full x-ray is the : Next step. A CT or MRI may follow. Usually a cancer diagnosis requires a piece of tissue be put under a microscope to see if it is benign or malignant. Be sure to follow-up with these diagnostic tests. If he has a prior chest x-ray to compare it to this new full x-ray, it is very helpful to the Radiologist. Get that to the Radiologist, if possible. Any weight loss, night sweats, or any other sympt? ...Read more

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How do I remove my chest spots from my lungs which appeared on an X-ray after I suffered from tuberculousis?

How do I remove my chest spots from my lungs which appeared on an X-ray after I suffered from tuberculousis?

You cannot: These spots are not removable. You need not be concerned about them. Keep good records since it is very likely that someone in the future will see these spots and without records you might be asked to do a lot of unnecessary tests. ...Read more

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I always have cough 8years ago so doctor told me to take x-ray. Seen spots in my lungs & I was treated. Is there a possibility for it to reoccur again?

I always have cough 8years ago so doctor told me to take x-ray. Seen spots in my lungs & I was treated. Is there a possibility for it to reoccur again?

Of course: Do not know what caused the cough or what the meaning of the 2 spots are. Do you have tuberculosis which is an infectious disease curable by a prolonged course (9 months) of antibiotics OR do you have a lung cancer? Only your doc knows for sure. This is info that you can't find out on a website. You have to talk with your doc face to face! ...Read more

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Surely, a thoracic surgeon must know if a round spot is a lung nodule, carcinoid or a coin lesion by looking at pet, CT and x-rays. Yes or no?

Surely, a thoracic surgeon must know if a round spot is a lung nodule, carcinoid or a coin lesion by looking at pet, CT and x-rays. Yes or no?

Pathology specimen: The pathologist makes the diagnosis with the microscopic exam of a piece of the lesion. Even then, it can be challenging getting diagnosis. So the answer to your question is no. Stay with your thoracic surgeon, get your follow up exams, stop nicotine if you have that addiction. Ok to go for a second opinion. Take a friend with you and don't be surprised if you get same answer. ...Read more

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Strep test was negative but lung x-ray showed bronchitis. Is that what's causing my throat to be sore with white spots? Dr prescribed augmentin

Strep test was negative but lung x-ray showed bronchitis. Is that what's causing my throat to be sore with white spots? Dr prescribed augmentin

Maybe: If the spots were there before the augmentin, then very likely. If they appeared after starting the antibiotic, it may be oral thrush. If you are prone to vaginal yeast infections after taking antibiotics, then thrush is even more likely. If your throat does not get better by the time you finish the augmentin, I would recommend you go back to see your Dr. ...Read more

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I have a chest X-ray with me and radiologist told me that I have a calcified focus in right apex. Is there any way that we can remove that spot?

I have a chest X-ray with me and radiologist told me that I have a calcified focus in right apex. Is there any way that we can remove that spot?

Monitor only: There is a good chance this is an inactive process that needs only occasional monitoring. Removal of such a focus would entail excision of the involved lung segment and the potential for significant complications and scarring. Not a good plan. ...Read more

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6 wks mod abd pain just below lower left ribs. Now bilateral, same spot & pain radiating to lower back. Blood tests, metabolic & chest x-ray ok.?

6 wks mod abd pain just below lower left ribs.  Now bilateral, same spot & pain radiating to lower back. Blood tests, metabolic & chest x-ray ok.?

More tests.: The first steps were normal, which is good. So more testing is in order. Your doctor may decide that a CT scan or an Ultrasound or an endoscopic exam is the next step. So follow up and do what is suggested. ...Read more

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I have had spots on my lung since 2004, 2007, 2010 x-rays and 2012 CT scan showed they are slightly larger now. What are the possible diagnoses?

I have had spots on my lung since 2004, 2007, 2010 x-rays and 2012 CT scan showed they are slightly larger now. What are the possible diagnoses?

Many: First thing is histoplasmsis. This causes multiple small nodules. It sounds like your doctor is following this: http://www.Med. Umich. Edu/rad/res/fleischner-nodule. Htm which is the best way to follow these nodules. Hopefull, you've quit (or never were) smoking, and you're keeping a very good eye on them. ...Read more

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What are the reasons for black spots seen in X-ray films of chest?

On xray,: Blacker areas are areas where there is less absorption of the xray beam as it passes through the body. Generally these are areas of lesser density, such as air and fat. Whiter areas(e.g. bone) are areas of greater density, which absorb more of the xray. ...Read more

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What can cause spots on a chest X-ray besides cancer?

What can cause spots on a chest X-ray besides cancer?

Many sources...: Many medical conditions can cause spots to form on lungs. The most common in the US include prior tuberculosis infection and/or prior histoplasmosis infection (a fungal infection). These spots may be called "nodules" by your doctor. If they are small (less than 8 mm) they may be followed over time with repeat/serial scans of the chest. If in 2 years they do not change they are benign. ...Read more

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What can cause dark spots on a chest x-ray? There are several black spots on my chest x-rays. I thought tumors where white, so what could these be?

What can cause dark spots on a chest x-ray? There are several black spots on my chest x-rays. I thought tumors where white, so what could these be?

The : The first thing to know about a chest x-ray is that dark things represent air or fat, which white things represent fluid, tissue, and bone. Therefore, "dark spots" on a chest film, especially if they are in the lungs, most likely represent holes. Lungs with a lot of disease--especially in smokers--can develop large cavities called bullae. Dark spots in the ribs or the bones of the spine and shoulders may represent destructive processes like infection or tumor.

When people talk about "spots" on a chest film they're usually talking about white spots. White spots in the lungs can be caused by pneumonia or other infections, areas of partial lung collapse, or tumors. Extremely white spots can represent calcium deposits, as are often present iin the arteries of people with vascular disease and in the lining of the chest wall in people with asbestos exposure.

Chest films can be some of the most challenging xrays to read, because just about every disease out there causes some kind of abnormality in the chest. The list of differential diagnoses (that is, the possible causes of an abnormality) is very long. ...Read more

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I had a chest X-ray 1yr ago for my RA (required for meds) and it was clean. Now when I went back my doctor said she saw some dark spots? What can itbe

I had a chest X-ray 1yr ago for my RA (required for meds) and it was clean. Now when I went back my doctor said she saw some dark spots? What can itbe

Impossible to say: It is impossible to say without being able to review the films. Have doctor order a CT scan of the chest for a clearer idea in these spots have any significance. ...Read more

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My brother is on and off in the hospital since 2004 coz of his problem in his lungs with big white spot on xray. — TB test. What do u think it is?

My brother is on and off in the hospital since 2004 coz of his problem in his lungs with big white spot on xray. — TB test. What do u think it is?

Need more info: Need to know more about the symptoms, laboratory tests, past medical history and imaging. Many questions to ask like: is it getting bigger? Or is there a productive cough?

It could be congenital, indolent infectious, inflammatory or less likely tumor given the long history. ...Read more

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Have had a deep ache in upper back over two years same spot. Had spine MRI it was ok. Chest xray ok. If I had lung cancer would it have shown itself?

Have had a deep ache in upper back over two years same spot. Had spine MRI it was ok. Chest xray ok. If I had lung cancer would it have shown itself?

We cannot help you!: We have done the best we can do for you via emails!. It is now time that you go seek help from a doctor who can examine you and test you till you are satisfied. Once one doctor gets tired, you can seek a second opinion. After that you have to begin trusting your doctors more than your own mind. Good luck! ...Read more

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In a 'normal' 4&1/2yr old boy's chest xray, should you be able to see 3-4mm white-grey round spots thru out his lungs?

In a 'normal' 4&1/2yr old boy's chest xray, should you be able to see 3-4mm white-grey round spots thru out his lungs?

Probably vessels: Ask your doctor to confirm that the radiologist did not see anything worrisome. Without seeing the images, it is difficult to know for sure what you are seeing. That said, a normal chest xray usually has scattered round densities that represent the larger pulmonary vessels "on end." the vessels aim many directions and some are positioned just right to look like round spots. ...Read more

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Had specialist lung dr check xray 3 months ago said nothing sinister other than calcium spots now have pain between shoulder blades. Cancer?

Had specialist lung dr check xray 3 months ago said nothing sinister other than calcium spots now have pain between shoulder blades. Cancer?

Not likely: Developing a calcifying cancer in the tissues of the back between the scapula would be rare. This is likely benign. Keep following it with your physician, though. ...Read more

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I had a chest xray done and my GP said I had pneumonia. I saw a specialist who said there were spots on my lungs and questioned the diagnosis.

I had a chest xray done and my GP said I had pneumonia. I saw a specialist who said there were spots on my lungs and questioned the diagnosis.

Clinical findings?: Every radiographic diagnosis is not black and white. Gray areas have to be taken into consideration with clinical findings from doctor's examination of patient. Sometimes changes in lungs can be chronic or old, not acute. Limitations are examining chest at one point in time without comparisons. Additional testing may be needed to prove or disprove diagnosis. ...Read more

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I can see a white spot on my chest xray. I haven't got the report yet. What does that mean? I don't see my dr for a few days

I can see a white spot on my chest xray.  I haven't got the report yet. What does that mean? I don't see my dr for a few days

There is a lot: Of "white" on a chest xray that represents various normal structures, so unless you are trained to look at xrays you will not know what is normal or not. For an expert opinion, you can initiate a HealthTap consult with me or another radiologist, upload the image, and get an answer. ...Read more

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What can cause a black spot on a chest xray?

What can cause a black spot on a chest xray?

Air: Most abnormal spots seen in lungs are white. When air gets into soft tissues such as mediastinum, so called pneumomediastinum, or dissects into neck, subcutaneous emphysema, in pleural space, or in pericardial space can be noted as black in form of air collections. ...Read more

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Can you pick up a breat tumor frim a chest xray? And is it a white spot?

Can you pick up a breat tumor frim a chest xray? And is it a white spot?

Possible but...: Only very large or very dense tumors would be expected to show up. That's why we need mammograms to find all the tiny and less dense ones. And the microscopic ones. Most things that would show as a white density in breast on CHEST X-ray I expect would be skin cyst or something similar. If your MD is unsure he/she can always order a mammogram, Ultrasound or biopsy to clarify ...Read more

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I have chest pain on my right side when I swallow. It's located in only one spot. Went to er had xray & blood tests. Everything came back normal.??

I have chest pain on my right side when I swallow. It's located in only one spot. Went to er had xray & blood tests. Everything came back normal.??

Throat exam: If symptoms persist, for completeness have a thorough examination of your throat by an Otolaryngologist and also a barium swallow fluroscopic exam of your esophagus. A gastroenterologist can also perform a gastroscopic examination of your esophagus instead but a normal barium swallow examination would be reassuring in your case in my opinion. ...Read more

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I have pain in my chest/tenderness when i touch a spot on the ribs, right side under sternum sort of. Clear chest xray 4weeks ago? Been there for weeks

I have pain in my chest/tenderness when i touch a spot on the ribs, right side under sternum sort of. Clear chest xray 4weeks ago? Been there for weeks

Possibilities....: You may be describing costochondritis. This is inflammation of the cartilage of the chest wall and is typically painful to touch. This would not be visible on a chest x-ray. This can be diagnosed by your family doctor. Treatment is usually prescribing anti-inflammatory agents until symptoms subside. So, see your doctor for diagnosis and treatment. This can improve fairly quickly with treatment. ...Read more