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Friday, May 22, 2015
Smoking and Tobacco
I recently went to the dr because I was sick. Something showed up in my right lung, that has yet to be identified. I was tested for Valley Fever, I live in AZ and TB and nothing showed up, my bloodcell/t-cell count was also tested and nothing showed up. I was told it could be anything from a scar and ? The dr. wanted to wait for a month for another x-ray but I have asked for a ct scan to be more proactive. Is that out of line? What are the actual possibilities for an otherwise healthy 29 year old without a previous history of pneumonia?
Obviously because I haven't examined you or seen your x-ray, I can't comment on the wisdom of your doctor's advice. However, I will tell you that a CT scan of the chest delivers 30-100 times the radiation dose of a
I presume you are a nonsmoker. If I'm incorrect in my assumption and you are a smoker, quitting now is likely to be more important to your health than anything the doctor does.
Rob Crane, MD
Clinical Associate Professor of Family Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University