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Chest Xray of 88 years old female

Chest xray of 88 years old female in very good health condition found 3.5 cm Mass at Right Superior Mediastinum last week. Chest Xray was requested by GP when wheezing and cough was completely CURED by use of antibiotics (7 days) and use of inhaler (2 months). NO bloods in mucus at any time. Patient health is very good, bloods results are very good such as chemicals, sugar, WB,RB, platlets, Kidney, Liver, Cholesterol etc. GP has referred to a Respiratory consultant and CT scan and the wait time is 2 weeks. Naturally I am VERY worried and have the following questions:

1. Is Mass size Small, Medium or Big
2. Do they grow slow in older people
3. Does Patient's good health point towards localised condition at the moment
4. Is area of Mass easily accessed for a possible surgery
5. Does size of Mass points towards cancer

Patient had two surgeries in the last 6 years (two knee replacements and L4/L3 formaintomy). Patient has been sleeping and eating very well. NO loss of weight and Bloods in Mucus noted.
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replied January 19th, 2018
Thank you for asking at Ehealth forum!

I read your question and i understand your concern.
Mass in right superior mediastinum has following differentials.
1.Thymoma
2.Thymic cyst
3.teratoma
3.Thyroid enlargement
4.lymphoma

However as the condition of the patient is good,hence there are least chances of cancer.
Benign masses grow slowly while malignant masses grow rapidly.
Yes it is easily accessible surgically due to invention of modern thoracoscopes.

I hope it helps. Stay in touch with your healthcare provider for further guidance as our answers are just for education and counselling purposes and cannot be an alternative to actual visit to a doctor.
Take care
Khan
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