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What could this mean? My family has a lengthy history of lung cancer. These are the findings from a CT w/o contrast:
1. Scattered atelectasis. Subpleural groundglass opacities within the
lingula, nonspecific, may reflect atelectasis.
2. There are borderline size mediastinal lymph nodes which are
minimally decreased in size relative to prior study. There is no
pathologically enlarged lymph node.
Submitted: 2 years ago.Category: Oncology
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Oncologist: Dr. David, Doctor (MD) replied 2 years ago
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atalectasis is small areas of non inflated lung

this can happen on a CT scan when it is performed and you don't take a deep enough breath

or if you are obese and have a large belly which can keep you from being able to take a deep breath.

it is normal to have lymph nodes in your mediastinum which is the area between your lungs and above your heart.

these lymph nodes filter lymphatic fluid in your lungs and help to fight off infections and help to keep you healthy.

lymph nodes can swell up and down depending on allergies, inflammation, irritation of the lungs.

there are no lymph nodes that the radiologist are worried about being caused by medical problems or "pathology"

this is not a worrisome CT scan report.

why did you have this CT scan done?

do you smoke?

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