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What Does Lung Cancer Look Like On Chest Xrays
Can lung cancer ever appear on an xray, be diagnosed as pneumonia and then not appear on two subsequent xrays or was it really pneumonia.
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
Sometimes: Sometimes 8-10 mm lung lesions can be detected. Detection depends on location of lesion whether it is central or peripheral. Central lesions near mediastinum are many times difficult to recognize on plain radiograph. Cross sectional imaging such as CT is much more sensitive for small hidden lesions than radiograph. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Low dose CT: The national lung screening trial (new england journal of medicine) showed that screening chest ct in high risk patients (heavy smokers and older patients) reduced deaths from lung cancer by 20% compared to patients screened with plain x-ray alone. There will soon be specific guidelines on exactly who should under go routine chest ct screening. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Had a clear chest xray in December and that's all 2 different doctors would do, scared that I have lung cancer but no cough. Is it likely?
Anxiety: You are a 32 y.o. man with no history of smoking and no pulmonary history whose only medical history is generalized anxiety disorder. Based on what you have told us, it is more likely this is part of your anxiety. Repeated ionizing radiation such as unnecessary chest x-rays is not without its own risk. hypochondria or Münchausen may be at play here. Discuss with your therapist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
What is the likelihood of having lung cancer with a clear chest xray and normal blood work? Only real symptom is SOB but clear Echo 15 months ago
Not likely at 32: At 32, it's very unlikely that you have lung cancer. Especially if you have no weight loss, no sweats and are not coughing up any blood. If you smoke, you can further reduce your risk by quitting! There are many causes for shortness of breath, so talk to your doctor about any further evaluation you might need. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
For the past year I have felt shortness of breath that comes and goes. Had a clear chest xray a 6 months ago. Should I get second opinion? Lung cancer
Hard to breathe, chest Xray "clear" but never heard back from dr, Advair helped, still need to take big inhales to breathe. No smoking. Lung cancer?
Highly unlikely: At your age that's highly unlikely, but bronchitis and/or asthma could definitely be playing a role. The fact that Advair helped is a big clue, as that medication reduces airway swelling, mucous production, and helps to relax muscles that can tighten around the airways as well. You may benefit from continued Advair and/or prednisone, and I'd talk to your MD about both! Hope this helps. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Dealing with Shortness of breath for past 4 months that comes and goes. Clear chest xray in December and negative d dimers. Is it lung cancer?
Bronchospasm: If SOB is intermittent most probably some type of asthma- Hyper active air ways. needs albuteral inhaler & if induced by allery,antihistamine need to be added Benadryl is OTC product or less sedative Zyrtec or loratidine can be used. Consult PCP or pulmonologist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can shortness of breath be the only symptom of lung cancer...had clear chest xray and 2 negative d dimers (all 3 in December)...scared!
A chest x-ray is the basic radiographic study for evaluation of the heart and lungs. It usually consists of 2 views: postero-anterior and lateral. The image is now usually acquired digitally with the sensor placed against the front of the chest for the pa view and on the left side of the chest for the lateral view. Pneumonia, heart enlargement, CHF and many other ...Read more
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