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Thursday, December 12, 2013
I have a sister-in-law that is 49 years old, smoker, and is having pain in her right lung area.The ER said she had a mass in her lung. She went to her doctor and they did a CT scan. they can back saying it was calified. What will they do or can they do anything for this, does she need to see a specialist for this problem?
Thank you for visiting NetWellness and for your question. I cannot comment specifically on the situation with your sister-in-law since that insight requires a treating physician who has reviewed the entire case and CT scan.
The reasons for pain in the right side of the chest are many. A mass in the lung is defined as an abnormal area that is greater than 3 cm. A nodule is an abnormal area that is less than 3 cm.
A nodule or a mass can have calcium form in the tissue. When calcium forms in the abnormality, it is often a sign of a benign (not cancer) condition but it depends on the appearance.
If a lesion is completely calcified then we can say it is benign and no further evaluation is needed. If a lesion is only partially calcified then we have to take other factors into consideration.
Also, lung nodules do not generally cause pain. A pulmonary specialist could help answer these questions.
Michael E Ezzie, MD
Clinical Assistant Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University