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Calcium deposit on the lung

11/15/2007

Question:

Does a calcium deposit on the lung always mean it will develop into a cancer?

Answer:

A calcium deposit or calcification in the lung most of the time is not cancer. It can be from a past fungal infection such as histoplasma infection which is very common in midwest. Sometimes, after radiation or treatment of cancer there can be calcium deposit in the lymphoid tissue. So, calcium deposit in the lung does not mean that it will turn to cancer.

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Response by:

Shaheen  Islam, MD, MPH Shaheen Islam, MD, MPH
Clinical Associate Professor
Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
Hematology
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University