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Lung diseases

Right Rib Pain

04/05/2011

Question:

i had a cat scan done due to sharp rib pain on the right side they found a 0.2cm density in the right upper lobe image possible calcified should i be worried the pain is so bad that it buckles me over in pain i have lupus SLE and have had pleusy in the past but i am also a smoker and cancer runs very high in my family.

Answer:

It would be very unlikely that the density was causing the pain. However, because of your history of smoking, your physician may want to get a follow up CT scan in the future.  You should talk to your doctor about this.

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Response by:

Karen L Wood, MD Karen L Wood, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care, and Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University