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Lung diseases

Mass on Lung

01/27/2011

Question:

My father recently went to the doctors. They found a mass on his lung. That is all my mother told me. What other diagnosis could it be, besides cancer.

Answer:

Thank you for your question. There are several potential conditions that may present with a lung mass. These conditions include malignancies, unresolved bacterial pneumonias, tuberculosis and autoimmune conditions just to name a few. The most important thing is that you discuss with your provider a systematic approach to finding the cause. The approach will often include a careful history and physical examination, review of previous imaging studies, new imaging studies such as CT scan and biopsy if necessary.

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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