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I have white spots on my lungs. My doctor does not know what they are. I went and had a ct-scan today. Hoping to know the results friday.?

I have white spots on my lungs. My doctor does not know what they are. I went and had a ct-scan today. Hoping to know the results friday.?

Wait for CT.: Your doctor probably has a pretty good idea what they are and what they are not likely to be. Ct will be very informative and perhaps definitive. ...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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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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Ct with dye fnd spots in kidneys, radio thought they may be angiomyolipoma but cld not b sure. Also chronic changes in lung bases. Any cause 4 concern?

Ct with dye fnd spots in kidneys, radio thought they may be angiomyolipoma but cld not b sure. Also chronic changes in lung bases. Any cause 4 concern?

Angiomyolipoma Dx: The addition of MRI to rule out angiomyolipoma helps a little. It is also a good way to follow the lesion to see if it grows (no radiation and the dye is safer). Chronic lung changes in a 35 yo is nonspecific and needs clinical correlation. Some folks may do breathing tests if there are symptoms like shortness of breath, even if only for baseline. Everyone should quit smoking ASAP. ...Read more

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Pain in upper back with painful spots to touch b/w shoulder blades and spine, 1.5 months, chest CT normal. Am a smoker, can this be lung cancer

I doubt: With the normal chest ct, I do not think that it is lung cancer. Obviously, I strongly recommend you to quit smoking to decrease your risk from getting lung cancer in the future. Painful areas on your upper back could be caused by muskulo skeletal problems- such as arthritis, inflammation on the joint, soft tissue, disk, muscle problems etc. D/w your md further. Blood work, x-ray can be helpful. ...Read more

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I just found out I have "a 1 centimeter spot" on my lung during a ct. How worried should I be?

I just found out I have "a 1 centimeter spot" on my lung during a ct. How worried should I be?

As your doctor: The term spot is very non specific. You need to talk to your doctor in detail. Ask the impression of the interpreting and potentially consult with a specialist. There are many types of noducles that can form in the lung, benign and malignant. You need the details. ...Read more

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CT said I have a 2mm lung spot that has not changed for a full year or more. Not there in '09 and rad and onc said no concern. Possible lung met?

CT said I have a 2mm lung spot that has not changed for a full year or more. Not there in '09 and rad and onc said no concern. Possible lung met?

Unlikely: These 2mm spots as long as they are stable for more than a year most likely are post inflammatory in nature. That means from prior pneumonia or something like that. Very common. Don't worry. ...Read more

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CHEST CT said I have a 2mm lung spot that has not changed in 6 months. Not there in '09 and rad and onc said no concern. Possible lung met?

Current Guidelines: Current guidelines recommend 12 month follow up CT scan for incidental pulmonary nodule nodules less then 4mm in high risk patients over the age of 35. Reference is the Fleischner Society Recommendations ...Read more

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1/4 inch spot on lungs after CT scan what next?

1/4 inch spot on lungs after CT scan what next?

Follow established: Depends on smoking, infection, enviornment history & size of nodule. At ~1.2 cm, ct or pet-ct may be indicated in 3 mos. With hi suspicion and no prior nodule, could biopsy now. Else consider that if repeat scans in 9-12 then 24 mos are all stable, then could stop scans. ...Read more

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18 month, only 19 lbs and she's on a feeding tube and has central apnea. A biopsy was done on her lungs doctor said white spots were found. What is it?

18 month, only 19 lbs and she's on a feeding tube and has central apnea. A biopsy was done on her lungs doctor said white spots were found. What is it?

Can't answer: You need to talk to your doctor. Your child may be at high risk for aspiration (inhalation of stomach juices) which can cause lung problems. But, one usually does not get a lung biopsy in these cases. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed that I have a 6cm spot/growth on the lower lobe of my right lung. Healthy 40yr old non-smoke fem. Is that large? How common is this?

Ct scan showed that I have a 6cm spot/growth on the lower lobe of my right lung. Healthy 40yr old non-smoke fem. Is that large? How common is this?

6cm=big; 6mm=small: Sometimes people have a 6 mm spot (about 1/4 of an inch wide) but mistakenly remember it as a 6 CM mass (about 2-1/4 inches wide). A mass 6 centimeters (cm) wide is pretty big (a tennis ball is about 6-1/2 cm) and is usually not called a "spot". The doctor who ordered the ct can review the results to confirm whether the finding is a little 6 millimeter (mm) spot or a bigger mass. ...Read more

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I had xrays of lungs done this wk and since aug. I've developed white spots on both lungs what could this indicate. Thanks for taking time to answer.

I had xrays of lungs done this wk and since aug. I've developed white spots on both lungs what could this indicate. Thanks for taking time to answer.

Cannot diagnose: This could be infection, tumors, or any of a dozen or more other issues. Absent knowing your symptoms and what led to your getting a chest x-ray and what is being done to follow this up there is not any way to answer your question. See the doctor who ordered this. ...Read more

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CT shows 12 mm bright white lesion in brain. Looks like a hollow rock! Also small speck like white spots. Could this be MS lesion, Dizzy/headaches?

CT shows 12 mm bright white lesion in brain. Looks like a hollow rock! Also small speck like white spots. Could this be MS lesion, Dizzy/headaches?

Hold up: We see these "small specks" all of the time. Before I would entertain MS, I think that an MRI is a better study. Depending on your symptoms and what exactly this white spot is, your doctor will likely pursue and MRI to clarify things. ...Read more

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I have FAP and 2 intra abdominal wall Desmoid tumours, I had a ct scan which shows some white spots, what could they be?

I have FAP and 2 intra abdominal wall Desmoid tumours, I had a ct scan which shows some white spots, what could they be?

Possible mets.: Patients with familial adenomatous polyps due to APC mutation gradually develop hundreds colorectal polyps. These may bleed, leading to blood in the stool. Should malignancy develops, this may present with altered bowel habit, or even metastasis to the liver or elsewhere. When the polyposis is associated with osteomas, fibromas, desmoids the condition is termed Gardner's syndrome. ...Read more

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They found a spot or scar on my left lung. After 6 months they want to do a CT guided needle biopsy. What is this?

They found a spot or scar on my left lung. After 6 months they want to do a CT guided needle biopsy. What is this?

CT guided biopsy: When a spot is close enough to the chest wall, interventional radiologists are able to use ct scan pictures to guide a small needle into a spot. Normally, when a spot is found, we follow it with ct scans. It it looks like it's getting bigger, we plan for a ct guided biopsy to find out what it is. When the spot is away from the chest wall we consider bronchoscopy vs surgical removal. ...Read more

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Reg Chest CT showed 2mm lung spot that was there 6 months ago and unchanged. Prior CRC 1/09, HR for liver met 4/12. CEA is normal. What could be cause?

Reg Chest CT showed 2mm lung spot that was there 6 months ago and unchanged. Prior CRC 1/09, HR for liver met 4/12. CEA is normal. What could be cause?

Chest nodule: The good news is small. Hasn't changes in 6 m & CEA normal Many tiny nodules are scars from prior infections. Standard protocol is to monitor with CT every 6 mos x 2 years and if stable not to worry. ...Read more

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Ct scan of pelvic abdomen showed 7mm lung spot on lower left lung dr now ordered a chest CT scan wondering why?

Ct scan of pelvic abdomen showed 7mm lung spot on lower left lung dr now ordered a chest CT scan wondering why?

To see the rest of: ...Your lungs. The abdominal study only shows about a third of your lungs. Your doc will need to see the rest to know what to do. Lung nodules are very common and the vast majority are benign scar (s). Most of the time we just use the ct to follow and make sure there is no growth. There are other tests (pet scan for example) that can be useful when there is concern for cancer. ...Read more

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Computed Tomography (Definition)

Ct uses xrays taken an 360 degrees combined with a computer to see"inside" the body. The table moves as the xray tube and detectors spin around the patient 10 times a second or more! The image shows excellent soft tissue detail, enhanced with injection of intravenous contrast or oral contrast. This way the body is shown in slices, in any plane, usually axially, but ...Read more