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COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)

Lung carcinoma

12/20/2007

Question:

My father is 64 years old and he has Renal Cell Carcinoma. The Kidney tumor weighs 750 gm and is 7cm in diameter. After the operation the doctor asked to do a CECT scan of thorax and whole abdomen. The whole abdomen report shows no abnormality.But the thorax CT scan shows "focal calcification and adjacent mild emphysematous change in the right upper lobe". I want to know is this a symptom of lung carcinoma? There is also "respiratory movement artefacts noted in few of the images". Please suggest me something as urgent as possible.

Answer:

Those findings that are described in the thorax are likely of no consequence and are not related to any carcinoma.

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Response by:

Mahasti   Rittinger, RRT Mahasti Rittinger, RRT
Clinical Program Manager of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University

Phillip T Diaz, MD Phillip T Diaz, MD
Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University