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Doctor insights on: What Does A Mass In Lungs Mean

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Does pnemonia show up as a mass on lungs?

Does pnemonia show up as a mass on lungs?

Not usually: Pneumonia itself does not usually appear as a mass on an xray. However, those that have a mass in their lungs, can develop an infection on top of that so it can definitely appear that way. It is always best to have a repeat chest x ray after you have been treated for pneumonia to make sure there is no underlying mass.
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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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Lung infection that cause a mass?

Lung infection that cause a mass?

Many: Fungi like candida, blastomyces, coccidioidomycoses or paracocci can all cause infiltrates or processes that look like masses. Tb itself can cause a mass-like effect of tuberculoma and even pneumonia can cause mass like infiltrates and a scar later that involutes to look like a mass. Parasites do too. So we have to rely on symptoms, risks and the work up to make diagnoses. ...Read more

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I have a three centimetre lump in my lungs one opinion is a lymph node and other opinion it was a mass. Should I be pushing for a complete diagnosis?

I have a three centimetre lump in my lungs one opinion is a lymph node and other opinion it was a mass. Should I be pushing for a complete diagnosis?

Needs work up: You first need to find out if it is in fact a lung mass or a lymph node. Chest CT is a good test for that. Clinical correlation and of smoking history is also significant. See a lung doctor please. ...Read more

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Can it be that a mass in the lung cause a chronic cough or coughing for years?

Can it be that a mass in the lung cause a chronic cough or coughing for years?

Absolutely: A mass in the lung can irritate the lining of the lung, also called the pleura. This can either cause a charp pain in the chest called pleuritic pain or alternatively, a mass can press against the lining of the airway which will cause an irritation and a cough. Usually the cough will be dry to distinguish from bronchitis, although this is not always true depending on the level of obstruction. ...Read more

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I have a mass on the left lung; non-smoker; any non-cancer masses?

I have a mass on the left lung; non-smoker; any non-cancer masses?

Yes: The large majority of lung masses in non-smokers are old scars. In my part of the country, it's usually histoplasmosis, but a variety of other inflammatory or bnign neoplastic situations can give a lung mass. The radiologist can usually tell whether cancer is a possibility and if so, the pathologist will need to get tissue. Good luck and thanks for asking. ...Read more

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I found out that my grandma has a mass located on her spine, lung, and stomach. It started in the lung and progressed from there. What does she have?

I found out that my grandma has a mass located on her spine, lung, and stomach. It started in the lung and progressed from there. What does she have?

It sounds like a--: -primary malignant lutg tumor that has metastasized to the other organs. You are an adult now so give her what support she needs.

Advice 2 you, look at the image to the right, don't smoke. People get lung cancer who do not smoke, but smoking is the major contributing factor!

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In a lung x-ray, how can a radiologist tell "scar tissue" from a mass, i.e. cancer?

In a lung x-ray, how can a radiologist tell "scar tissue" from a mass, i.e. cancer?

Challenging: This can be challenging, but serial imaging could help. Scar tissue will remain stable while mass will be stable or increase in size depending on if it is malignant or benign ...Read more

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My father is 65, never smoked, no asbestos. Has a mass in the lungs, severe joint pain and stiffness, history of gout. What is most likely diagnosis?

My father is 65, never smoked, no asbestos. Has a mass in the lungs, severe joint pain and stiffness, history of gout. What is most likely diagnosis?

My best to: Your father, first. It is not easy to tell with the limited information. If the mass is capable of being biopsied either via bronchoscopy or percutaneously that would provide accurate diagnosis. While malignancy is certainly the fear that looms large it is not certain without a tissue diagnosis. ...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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Could a mass in between the lung and heart be scar tissue from a hernia surgery?

Could a mass in between the lung and heart be scar tissue from a hernia surgery?

See doctor: It is unlikely that the mass could have arisen from a hernia surgery. Hernias are near the surface of the body, while this sounds like it is deeper. It could be something serious, like a malignancy, so you might need a biopsy. See your doctor for a full evaluation. ...Read more

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When screening for small cell lung cancer how big does a mass seen on a CT should be considered for investigation or benign.

When screening for small cell lung cancer how big does a mass seen on a CT should be considered for investigation or benign.

THAT'S the question!: The smaller you make the cutoff, the more false-positives you get. Screening has led to a tremendous increase in cases found, but very little overall reduction in lung cancer mortality. Usually it's adenocarcinomas that we find, not small-cells. You decide what it all means. Best wishes. Https://www. Ncbi. Nlm. Nih. Gov/pubmed/25326638 ...Read more

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My husband had a CT scan which picked up a mass in his colon probably malignant. His liver and lung bases clear what about rest of lungs?

My husband had a CT scan which picked up a mass in his colon probably malignant. His liver and lung bases clear what about rest of lungs?

Need diagnosis: The first step is to confirm the diagnosis and find out for sure what the mass is and if it is a cancer. Colon cancer almost always goes to the liver first, so if the liver is clear, it's often possible to cure the condition with an operation to remove the primary mass. ...Read more

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I have had a very cold sensation in the middle of my chest for 4 days. It feels like there is a mass of bitter cold air in my chest. What might it be?

I have had a very cold sensation in the middle of my chest for 4 days. It feels like there is a mass of bitter cold air in my chest. What might it be?

Interesting.: This can occur after drinking a very cold beverage. Normally it should get better in a few hours. Not common to last 4 days. I would advise you to see your family physician and let him/her examine you and listen to your lungs and palpate your abdomen which may be a long shot causing this complaint. Maybe a chest xray would be in order. ...Read more

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I had surgery to remove a mass out of my chest in 2005, I can still feel my sternum move and pop. Is this normal?

I had surgery to remove a mass out of my chest in 2005, I can still feel my sternum move and pop. Is this normal?

No it is not: Since it has been so long since your operation most likely your bone has healed by non union, which means that there is scar tissue there but the bone has not come together and healed properly. Rarely this can be due to chronic infection. Either way you need to see your surgeon. He or she will determine the extent of the problem and discuss treatment options, risks and benefits ...Read more

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Got pains in top of chest had xray all clear dr says acid reflux would, a xray see anything like a mass in my oesophogus thanks dr?

Got pains in top of chest had xray all clear dr says acid reflux would, a xray see anything like a mass in my oesophogus thanks dr?

Maybe: If mass big enough, can see on x-ray, but would have to be pretty big or so big it is moving things out of their normal position. OK to try medicine/treatment for acid reflux, but if no better in 2-3 weeks, would have to rethink that diagnosis and consider additional testing. Hope this helps. Best of luck Dr R ...Read more

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I have a lump on my right breast that is on my areola and it hurts every know and then. I feel a mass in my chest. What could this be.?

I have a lump on my right breast that is on my areola and it hurts every know and then. I feel a mass in my chest. What could this be.?

Time for exam: While it may be "nothing, " breast cancers do occur in males as well and are often not identified until late, exactly because it is not looked for. It would be wise to see your dr and have an examination to be sure there is nothing worrisome present. ...Read more

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Can I have a AAA at 20 years old? I have had a mass in my chest just under my left ribs for over a yr and it's grown, but ultrasound showed nothing..

Can I have a AAA at 20 years old? I have had a mass in my chest just under my left ribs for over a yr and it's grown, but ultrasound showed nothing..

Extremely unlikely: At 20 yrs of age it is really unlikely to have an aaa. The situations where young people have aneurysms are with connective tissue disorders such as marfan's syndrome or ehler danlos syndrome. For a mass under the left rib at your age I'm thinking skin growth or hernia for superficial masses or spleen or bowel pathology for deep masses. Either way a physical exam and ct scan will help. ...Read more

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I've got a mass on my collarbone. It's painful. I had blood tests, chest xray and an ultrasound. They were normal. Could it be HL?

Seems unlikely: Seems that with normal tests it would be unlikely to be HL. But since it hurts suggest you talk to you doctor and consider CT or MRI to see it better. Good luck ...Read more

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I have ra, I had a mass on my chest, so they did ct-guided needle biopsy where the thymus is! Doc has told me its not sarcoid, but could be lymphoma?

I have ra, I had a mass on my chest, so they did ct-guided needle biopsy where the thymus is! Doc has told me its not sarcoid, but could be lymphoma?

Thymus: May be the source of the mass, and it could be invasive ornon-invasive. Thymomais associated with rheumatologic/auto-immune conditions. Lymphoma is another prospect, more rare are germ cell tumors (teratoma) and substernal thyroid. Sarcoid can involve any node bearing areas. ...Read more

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How would you describe a cancer lump in the chest on men? My left chest feels different in internal mass than the right one. I am 20 years old male

How would you describe a cancer lump in the chest on men? My left chest feels different in internal mass than the right one. I am 20 years old male

Get checked: You may be describing nothing more than having one pec major muscle bigger than the other, and chest wall cancers in a young man are very uncommon. But if you feel you have an unexplained mass lesion, show it to your physician on your next visit. ...Read more

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When my physician provided a diagnostic code of icd-786.6, did he actually "feel" a swelling, lump, or mass in my chest? I complained to my physician of chronic chest pain. He palpated the area of concern and ordered a CT and blood work (cbc and esr). On

When my physician provided a diagnostic code of icd-786.6, did he actually "feel" a swelling, lump, or mass in my chest? I complained to my physician of chronic chest pain. He palpated the area of concern and ordered a CT and blood work (cbc and esr). On

Hello.: Hello. Because this code is very general & can cover a lot of different findings, I don't know which one your phsyician had in mind.
Code: 786.6 description: symptoms involving respiratory system and other chest symptoms:
swelling, mass, or lump in chest. Excludes: lump in breast (611.72)
some of these findings may be made through visual examination; or they could be palpated. ...Read more

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What is a mass? Does that mean cancer?

What is a mass? Does that mean cancer?

No: It just means a "lump" of some sort. They can be cysts, lipomas, vascular structures, lots of different things. It doesn't automatically mean cancer. It does mean it should be investigated. ...Read more

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I found a mass on my right testicle. What could it mean?

I found a mass on my right testicle. What could it mean?

Needs examination: As the other 2 have said, need to work out whether cyst/hydrocele, infection, hernia or very small chance of being something more nasty like cancer or other problem. Needs urgent examination with your doctor and you may need referral for ultrasound to fully sort it out if your doctor remains unsure after examining you. All the best ...Read more

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What does bilateral masses mean in the context of the ovaries? That a mass is on both of the ovaries?

What does bilateral masses mean in the context of the ovaries? That a mass is on both of the ovaries?

"Mass": The term "mass" generally implies something solid. It's not uncommon or necessarily bad for both ovaries to contain "cysts", which are fluid-filled. But the use of the term "masses" implies that we're dealing with solid things, which could be more concerning. These should be identified in no uncertain terms. ...Read more

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I used levinox and now I have a mass/lump at the injection site. What does this mean and what should I do?

I used levinox and now I have a mass/lump at the injection site. What does this mean and what should I do?

Is that lovenox (enoxaparin)?: It is a blood thinner given as subcutaneous injection. Sometimes in doing so, it can go deeper than subq or can hit a blood vessel and cause a hematoma (organized clot). It may or may not resolve, most do. Show it to your doctor and find out. Good luck. ...Read more