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Lung diseases

Have I got cancer

07/28/2009

Question:

i have just recieved results of a ct scan. It shows that i have a elevated right hemidiaphragm. also shows 2 areas of atelectasis.What does this mean .I am worried as two of my brothers died of lung cancer One of them was a smoker. I have never smoked

Answer:

An elevated diaphragm can be from a lot of different causes.  If they don't see a mass in the upper chest, it is unlikely due to cancer.  Atelectasis is due to the compression of the lung from the diaphragm.  I would recommend that you be seen by a pulmonary specialist to evaluate this.

I hope this helps. 

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Response by:

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