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Lung Cancer

White Spots in Lungs

03/04/2010

Question:

Had an x-ray and ct scan for white spots on my lungs. Have been told we will repeat ct scan in six months. This is probably some sort of lung fungus. If a fungus will this clear up on its own? Or can this turn into cancer? Never smoked, but have been around second hand smoke.

Answer:

Fungus does not normally clear up on its own, but nor does it turn into cancer. If there is a spot on the lung the most cautious thing to do would be to do both a bronchoscopy and a CT scan no later than 3 months in the future.

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Susan  Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD Susan Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of
Thoracic Surgery
Molecular, Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University