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odds it's a bad bacterial infection?

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2 months ago, my 68 year old mother had a toilet backup and flood the 1st floor of her home. After the plumber removed the block from the main drain, she cleaned and, within a week, developed upper-respirtory issues. Symptoms were severe chest congestion (clear mucus), laryngitis, occasional headache and difficulty breathing. Her doctor said she had no fever so it must be a cold.Concerned congestion and laryngitis did not go away, she went back about a month later and was given Zpak. When Zpak ran out, he prescribed Levaquin for a week. She was feeling better, got her voice back and doing well, then got full-blown symptoms again when Levaquin ran out.
She had a chest xray 2 weeks ago and was told verbatim "All clear! See, no cancer!" She went to an ENT. ENT had a CAT scan done from head to chest and was told they found a 4 cm mass but didn't know what it was and needs biopsy - in 2 weeks. To ease her mind, what are the odds it's a bad bacterial infection?

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replied November 25th, 2014
Lung Cancer Answer A50226
Hello and Welcome

I appreciate your concern

Based on the location of the Lymph node , esp if its a lung enlarged node then a biopsy would be necessary. I doubt if its a bacterial infection as adequate antibiotics have been given. However simple changes if present on histo pathology would require just monitoring with annual CT scans.

wishing you best of health


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