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I have had a non productive for 2 months. Chest X-ray show 3.8 CM mass on my left lung. My dr. Says its proabaly a shadow. What is a shadow?
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In brief: A bad term
Masses absorb x-rays and cause "shadows" (white areas on an x-ray) the same way your body blocks the sun and causes a dark shadow.
A mass is a medical term, a shadow is not. You probably need a chest ct.

In brief: A bad term
Masses absorb x-rays and cause "shadows" (white areas on an x-ray) the same way your body blocks the sun and causes a dark shadow.
A mass is a medical term, a shadow is not. You probably need a chest ct.
Dr. Arnold Friedman
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine
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In brief: Do not ignore
The term shadow is sometimes used interchangeably with density in lungs.
3.8 cm mass is usually not nothing. You should probably have CT exam of chest. Maybe you should contact radiologist reading study for exact interpretation.

In brief: Do not ignore
The term shadow is sometimes used interchangeably with density in lungs.
3.8 cm mass is usually not nothing. You should probably have CT exam of chest. Maybe you should contact radiologist reading study for exact interpretation.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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Dr. Marsha Davis
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Look further
With a cough for that long and a mass that big i would have your doctor look further. A ct scan might be in order. It is possible to be a nipple shadow but i doubt it.
I would want more answers to why i still had a cough.

In brief: Look further
With a cough for that long and a mass that big i would have your doctor look further. A ct scan might be in order. It is possible to be a nipple shadow but i doubt it.
I would want more answers to why i still had a cough.
Dr. Marsha Davis
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2 comments
Dr. Keegan Duchicela
Hi beamahfood: if it's just a "shadow", it means nothing's there and so they won't put a size on it. If it's a mass (and not a shadow), then they will put a size on it for sure.
Dr. MarshS Davis
Its odd to put a size on a "shadow." while if I were you I would be worried to I always tell patient's not to cross a bridge they might not come to but I might be prepared to hear the word biopsy if all your bloodwork is normal
Dr. Michael Korona
Radiology - Interventional
In brief: Something
In your lung. It came on fast so may be pneumonia or healing pneumonia.
Likely not a cancer, but must be followed until it goes away.

In brief: Something
In your lung. It came on fast so may be pneumonia or healing pneumonia.
Likely not a cancer, but must be followed until it goes away.
Dr. Michael Korona
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