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Focal Irregular Opacity



My chest xray shows a focal irregular opacity measuring approximately 2.5 cm in the right perihilar region. A CT scan is recommended. What is this and what might it indicate?



What that means is that there is a possible spot on the lung which could be a local infection, a benign spot or possibly cancer.  Many shadows seen on CXR turn out to be nothing on CT. 

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Sandra L Starnes, MD Sandra L Starnes, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati