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What do lucencies on a thoracic spine xray mean? I have

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what do lucencies on a thoracic spine xray mean? I have point tenderness over t4-5 and no other symptoms. I was a smoker for many years and I am a 38 year old female.
Dr B :

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Customer:

hello Dr. B

Dr B :

General lucency may be a sign of weak bone, and it may be due to disuse, corticosteroid use a tumor or a cyst, to predict the cause of lucency, the clinician would have to see the x ray themselves

Dr B :

Basically, it is not as dense

Customer:

could it be cancer?

Dr B :

cancer may cause lucency, as well as the other things I mentioned above

Customer:

I'm scheduled for a bone scan next week hopefuuly that will shed some light

Dr B :

A bone scan will aid in determining the nature of the lucencyies

Dr B :

lucencies

Customer:

well I just wanted someone to at least recognize that it could be cancer. Thank you

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