Monday, June 22, 2020

Is a calcification in the lungs a sign of lung cancer?

Pulmonary calcifications are generally characteristic of benign lung lesions, usually associated with lung inflammation, and most often occur after tuberculosis has healed, and are not necessarily a precursor to lung cancer.

Pulmonary calcification is one of the common diagnosis of chest radiograph or chest CT, which is equivalent to the "scar" after the lung is healed-after experiencing lung disease, the patient gradually heals, if the inflammation is not completely absorbed, it will cause calcium Calcified foci appeared when deposited. Calcified foci often indicate that the area has been healed and usually do not require special treatment. In addition to inflammation, lung calcifications can also be seen in various diseases such as tracheobronchitis, pneumonia, hyperparathyroidism, and abnormal calcium and phosphorus metabolism in the body. Benign lung tumors, such as lung hamartoma, can also cause calcification, which can be removed by surgery; teratoma can also cause calcification, but the proportion is very small and mostly benign. Of course, patients with lung cancer will also have calcifications, but in all cases of calcifications, lung cancer is not the main reason.

Therefore, for the calcifications of the lungs, the patient can be reviewed regularly, it only represents the previous lesions. The calcification itself will not have a significant impact on the health of the patient, and there is no need to specifically treat the calcification.

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