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Ca TB scars cause lung cancer even if non- smoker?

Ca TB scars cause lung cancer even if non- smoker?

Rarely: Scar carcinoma can occur, but is extremely rare and more often talked about than actually seen. ...Read more

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How can old TB scars cause lung cancer in non smoker?

How can old TB scars cause lung cancer in non smoker?

They do not but: Cancer develops when immunity surveillance decreases by age, infections and genetic alterations.....
Etiology of lung cancer in non- smokers is unclear but genetic alteration is largely to blame. Air pollution and second- and third- hand smoking could play a part. Tb scar in the lung could be a milieu or area for developing cancer to nest in....But, this is very rare. Thank you. ...Read more

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Can a previous TB scar cause lung cancer even if non-smoker?

Can a previous TB scar cause lung cancer even if non-smoker?

Cannot say no: While there have been studies associating an increased risk of certain lung cancers in people with a history of tuberculosis, there is no proof that the infection causes cancer. Correlation is not the same as causation. So I can't say no, but I can't say yes either! ...Read more

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Tb scar on lungs was treated frm TB last year. Is is possible to get lung cancer or any other disease bcz of d TB scars? Wat r d health risks?

Tb scar on lungs was treated frm TB last year. Is is possible to get lung cancer or any other disease bcz of d TB scars? Wat r d health risks?

? Scar cancer is rar: I think you should do fine. There is a small theoretical risk of what is sometimes called a scar cancer but it is extremely rare. So I would not worry about it. There are no other risks for now. ...Read more

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My chest xray showed--right upper midzonal consolidation is seen with a fibrotic element. Is it TB scar? Could it cause lung cancer. Doctor please answer.

My chest xray showed--right upper midzonal consolidation is seen with a fibrotic element. Is it TB scar? Could it cause lung cancer. Doctor please answer.

Abnormal Xray: I cannot say without seeing the xray. However, "fibrotic" implies scarring. If you have history of tb, it can be from that, or any prior infection. Would not hurt to keep an eye on it, as TB can recur. Tb does not cause lung cancer, nor does scarring. If the scarring is from smoking however, that does cause cancer without doubt! If you do smoke, at your age you have time to heal if you quit. ...Read more

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Can Tb lympadentitis cause lung scars without having pulmonary tb?

Can Tb lympadentitis cause lung scars without having pulmonary tb?

Hmmm...: Although possible, it seems very unlikely to have isolated TB lymphadenopathy. What is more likely is that pulmonary TB is present and has caused the scarring. ...Read more

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Hi doctor, m cured frm TB bt TB left scars. Can I get lung cancer/any other disease bcz of TB scars? 22 year old female. I don't smoke. Plz reply me.

Hi doctor, m cured frm TB bt TB left scars. Can I get lung cancer/any other disease bcz of TB scars? 22 year old female. I don't smoke. Plz reply me.

Don't worry: We've both been cured of TB and that's a good thing. The tiny statistical cancer risk that these old scars pose (and not everybody believe they even do) isn't something we can do anything about. You can't remove the scar, and nowadays it's not considered even worth getting radiation to look for it. Just be grateful that TB is now manageable. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Does old healed pulmonary TB right lung scar cause shortness of breath during sex?

Does old healed pulmonary TB right lung scar cause shortness of breath during sex?

Symptoms: To be the cause of that symptom there would need to be considerable lung damage or extensive adhesions ...Read more

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Can lymp nodes and enlarged glands shrink after treatment for TB lympadentitis. Can extrapulmonary TB cause lung scarring because of enlarged glands?

Can lymp nodes and enlarged glands shrink after treatment for TB lympadentitis. Can extrapulmonary TB cause lung scarring because of enlarged glands?

Yes and no.: Tuberculous lymph nodes should shrink with successful treatment, but maybe not all the way to normal size. Lung scarring would not be caused by "extra pulmonary" tb, but there have been pulmonary TB first that scarred or some other lung process. ...Read more

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Can TB lympadentitis cause lung scarring without having pulmonary tb? Chest xray show only enlarged gland.

Can TB lympadentitis cause lung scarring without having pulmonary tb? Chest xray show only enlarged gland.

Highly unlikely: TB lymphadenopathy is initiated when macrophages carry the bacillus from a pulmonary alveolar focus to the lymph node which then enlarges, suppurates and ruptures into an adjacent blood vessel. So it is virtually impossible to have pulmonary nodes involved without having pulmonary infection first. ...Read more

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I had TB 6 years ago, and made a scar on my right upper lung. Is there a possibility that it will be rem0ved?

I had TB 6 years ago, and made a scar on my right upper lung. Is there a possibility that it will be rem0ved?

No: The right upper lobe does not participate much in overall function of the lung. A scar in this area is usually well tolerated and doesn't cause any symptoms. Sometimes though a fungal infection can occur in the location of a prior TB scar. ...Read more

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Minimal fibrotic scars seen in lower base lung. Does it indicate TB?

Minimal fibrotic scars seen in lower base lung. Does it indicate TB?

TB: Not necessarily. Old TB is generally seen in the upper lobes. Fibrotic scars may be the result of old nontuberculous pneumonia ...Read more

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What is the life expectancy with pulmonary TB scars? Shall I get married? Will the fibrotic element in my upper lung due to TB cause prblems in future

Enjoy life: Always have a good primary care doctor, and always buy good, non-hmo insurance so that doctors have plenty of time to take care of you. See the doctor for ill symptoms and for regular check-ups. Other than that, one can live life as if there were no TB lung scars, after finishing treatment. That means go out, meet people, get married, have children and grandchildren, and live happily ever after. ...Read more

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Will TB scars cause breathing problems? Is oxygen therapy needed? In future when I conceive will it effect my lungs?

Will TB scars cause breathing problems? Is oxygen therapy needed? In future when I conceive will it effect my lungs?

Lung scars: While lung scars do decrease the alveolar total space and cause fibrosis, their effect is still dependent on the lung function. If you have an adequate lung function as seen in pft and dlco, you should not have much problem. ...Read more

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After TB lymphadentitis treatment is there a possibility to get a lung scar without having pulmonary tb? Chest glands were enlarged.

After TB lymphadentitis treatment is there a possibility to get a lung scar without having pulmonary tb? Chest glands were enlarged.

Lung Scars: Tuberculosis infections can certainly cause (calcified scars) or granulomas.
Such scars can also be caused by previous lung infections such as pneumonia, certain fungus in the soil known as histoplasmosis which sometimes causes infection but rarely causes any health problems. After receiving adequate treatment for TB lymphadinitis, a watchful waiting would be advised. ...Read more

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Mild scarring is seen in the right lower zone of my lung, what does it mean? I don't even have history of tb. How do I get this?

Most likely: Past pneumonia or pleuritis. You should get tested for TB anyway and other infections, but at your age, cancer is not likely. Why did you get chest x-ray in the first place? If you are having symptoms, you should get to a doctor. ...Read more

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Can old TB scars remain permanently? And it will be visible on routine chest xrays? Please I need a answer. Doctor please reply me please

Can old TB scars remain permanently? And it will be visible on routine chest xrays? Please I need a answer. Doctor please reply me please

Scars on xray: Scarring may get smaller but will not go away completely. Whether this can be seen on routine chest xray depends on the size. As long as it does not get bigger on xray there is no cause for concern. ...Read more

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Chest x-ray showed fibronodular opacities in right upper & left mid zone. Had TB 4 yrs back, are these scars from earlier tb? Can this be removed?

This is a Complex Qu: This is a complex issue. Yes, TB can and often does cause fibrosis/nodular changes which typically regress partially or complete once a full course of treatment has been taken. There is of course risk of recurrence of TB. So we have to find out if your lung changes are left over of the older TB or are these new changes (progression). For this you need to go back to the doctor who treated your TB. ...Read more

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Can TB lympadentitis cause lung tissue scarring without having pulmonary tb?

Can TB lympadentitis cause lung tissue scarring without having pulmonary tb?

Depends: Tb settles in lung and nodes commonly.
Depending on area and degree of scarring, nodes and lung (Ghon complexes) and pleura can be affected and scar and calcify over time. ...Read more

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I don't have TB scar on my arm or thigh, & I'll be going to chest hospital as a nursing student, will it be dangerous? I have pulm HTN 42mmHg, had asthma

I don't have TB scar on my arm or thigh, & I'll be going to chest hospital as a nursing student, will it be dangerous? I have pulm HTN 42mmHg, had asthma

Infection control: Make sure you check in with the infection control department at the chest hospital. They will be able to advise you either for getting vaccinated if endemic area or use protective mask as needed. ...Read more

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Is a scar in the lungs cancer or tuberculosis?

Scar: Cancer grows while a scar stays stable or contracts. Old scars may be from old pneumonia, old tb, old thromboembolic disease, or (especially here in kansas city) histoplasmosis. ...Read more

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What to do about my scar in the lungs, cancer or tuberculosis?

What to do about my scar in the lungs, cancer or tuberculosis?

Consult: I would consult with a thoracic surgeon. Scars in the lungs can occur after a previous infection. As long as they remain stable in size, usually they are left alone. You doctor may request you to get additional imaging in the future to follow this lesion. ...Read more

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Can a lung scar caused by pulmonary tuberculosis (already treated) ever disappear? It's been 2 years and the scar is still there every xray exam.

Tuberculous scar: Tuberculous scars disappearing! A scar is a scar it won't disappear. If anything it may predispose you to lung cancer, and there is nothing that could predict conversion to malignancy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been diagnosed with TB of the lungs and abdomen?

What to do if I have been diagnosed with TB of the lungs and abdomen?

Accept Rx or die: It's that simple. And you must comply with treatment exactly as prescribed, or you are likely to develop a resistant strain that will not respond to further treatment. This is costing people their lives all over the world. I'm going to assume the diagnosis is accurate and that you're quarantined as required to keep others safe. ...Read more

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Good day I am dignosed with TB in the lungs....And are my 2nd week of taking pills....Can I still infect other people...My kids?

Good day I am dignosed with TB in the lungs....And are my 2nd week of taking pills....Can I still infect other people...My kids?

Depends: If drug therapy is effective, then you are typically not capable of infecting others after 10 to 14 days. But this must be tempered by an understanding that your sputum cultures and smears must be checked to confirm they are now negative. ...Read more

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Tb scars are something to worry about? Shall I get married? After PTB with scars what is life? Can TB scars cause breathing prblmes or pain?

Tb scars are something to worry about? Shall I get married? After PTB with scars what is life? Can TB scars cause breathing prblmes or pain?

Tuberculosis: Pulmonary scarring from tuberculosis may not produce significant problems, but this depends upon how extensive and where the scars were located. In any event this should not influence whether you date or get married. If he loves you, none of this will matter, and the overwhelming probability is that you will be just fine. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Do TB skin tests leave scars for lifetime or they disappear aftr some time? Do they disappear only for negative cases or disappr in positive cases too

Do TB skin tests leave scars for lifetime or they disappear aftr some time? Do they disappear only for negative cases or disappr in positive cases too

Usually TB tests: Do not leave scars however a rare highly positive test can lead to minor skin damage and a "reminder" (scar) never to have another TB test again!!!
(The first "positive" especially the "severe" ones should result in TREATMENT with anti-TB medication (INH)

Hope this helps!
Dr Z ...Read more

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Do yellow colour fluid in lungs indecates tb?

Not necessarily: Yellow mucus usually indicates an infection but it can be due to any number of causes. ...Read more

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Why doesn't primary TB occur in lung apices like secondary TB does?

TB: It can. The primary focus is usually the right lower lobe because that is the easiest site of entry for inhaled droplet nuclei containing afb. When the infection reaches the local nodes they suppurate, erode into an adjacent artery and the m. Tbc then spreads throughout the body to the areas with most blood flow. Either the patient then forms multiple granulomas or goes on to develop miliary tb. ...Read more

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What should I do if I have TB in my lungs (skin, sputam test negative)but X-ray said tb.?

Not TB: Radiographic findings are one part of diagnosis of disease processes. Some things can have similar appearances and usually differential in diagnosis. Negative correlative blood test and sputum negate the radiographic findings. Negative skin test: means the person’s body did not react to the test, and that latent TB infection or TB disease is not likely. Look for other cause of xray findings. ...Read more

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Doc how can you determine if the nodular density is the active TB or a scar? Thank you doc.

Doc how can you determine if the nodular density is the active TB or a scar? Thank you doc.

TB vs scar: Nodular densities in the lung are often seen as a result of scarring. If you are concerned about TB then getting a TB skin test would be the first step. If it is negative then the nodule in the lung is not TB. If it is positive and you are not coughing then it means you have been exposed to TB but do not have active TB. If it is positive and you are coughing then you need sputum culture done. ...Read more

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Can intense greif/ psychological trauma cause one to ve tb? It is said by ppl in some countries that TB of lungs is a disease caused by greif

No: You can get TB from exposure to the bacteria associated with the illness. This may come through infectious droplets from a TB patient's cough or sneeze. Most people overcome this primary tb, & it stays dormant for years. Especially in elderly and sick people though, it can reactivate. In traditional chinese medicine, the emotion governing the lung is grief -- but this differs from tb. ...Read more

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