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Lung diseases

Lung bullae

08/24/2009

Question:

i have a left lung mass just anterior to heart wall measuring 3.5cm which looks like bullae from ct and xray.i m not a smoker.what should i do? the only risk factor i have is exposure to all disease as i m an orthopaedic surgeon.

Answer:

It is beyond the scope of this forum to provide specific recommendations for diagnosis and treatment. I would suggest you consult with a pulmonologist to discuss further. The work-up/evaluation for a mass vs. a bullae is very different and I am unable to tell from your question which abnormality you have. As you know, a mass is a solid, radiodense appearing lesion and a bullae is a lucent, air-filled space. The differential diagnosis and appropriate work-up would depend upon which abnormality actually exists.

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Jennifer  McCallister, MD Jennifer McCallister, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University