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Surgical Clips in Lung

07/01/2010

Question:

I had a chest xray for shortness of breath, wheezing etc and the result said heart normal. "There are some surgical clips in the left mid lung". 7 years ago I had a left breast surgery to remove a lymph node. Why would I have surgical clips in my lung? Will they have to be removed? Thank you

Answer:

Thank you for your question. It is not uncommon at all to see on an x-ray surgical clips from a previous chest surgery. Unless you are experiencing any symptoms, they are  not likely to cause any problems.

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Response by:

Patrick  Nana-Sinkam, MD Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University