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Pleural Thickening of the Lining Around the Lung

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Hi There,

My mom just had a physical and was called back. They weren't sure if she had a pleural thickening of the lining of a possible bone change. They re-did a second x-ray an focused in on the area of concern. It is a thickening of the lining and the doctor and radiologist said it looks very suspicious and they want a ct scan a.s.a.p. She is going this Wednesday and it's only been four days since this news. She has had a bad pain in her upper back exactly where they did the second xray. She's had it for about three years, but the last six months it's been quite painful. Has anyone else gone through this? Any info. to share?

We know it could be cancer and was told that they can't at this point tell for sure. If anyone can share and info. it would be appriciated. Please share anything you have good or bad.


Worried Daughter
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replied September 4th, 2009
Hey Lawrie, I wish your mom the best in this difficult or anxious time and I pray she will come out of it 100% fit and healthy sunny Now to answer your question, pleural thickening could occur for many different reasons including:

leural thickening usually occurs due to inflammation of the lungs as well as exposure to asbestos particles and fibers. Most people who incur pleural thickening develop some kind of asbestos related disease example malignant mesothelioma, malignant pleural cancer, etc. Whether a person with pleural thickening will develop asbestos related diseases is unpredictable and no medical doctor can diagnose this before hand, although symptoms may indicate such development of malignant tumors and treatment options can be applied in the early stages of cancer. Here are some more reasons:

- Bruise in the lungs or lung contusions that damage the capillaries and allow blood to flow in to surrounding tissues forcing them to become distressed or enlarged and accumulate blood under the layers of skin.

- Rheumatoid lung disease is a group of complications relating to rheumatoid arthritis which often houses fluid in the chest or ascites (pleural effusions), scarring of the lungs (pulmonary fibrosis) or high blood pressure in the lungs as well as formation of lumps or nodules in the lungs.

- Pulmonary embolism or the blockage of the main arteries of the lungs by a substance that has travelled through the blood stream (process of embolism). The main artery of the lungs can become blocked by deep veins or blood clots in the lungs or due to air/fat fluids.

- Tuberculosis which is an infectious disease caused by myco-bacteria that usually attack the lungs and tissues in the lungs but can also affect the central nervous system.

- Pleural effusions which is an abnormal build up of fluids in the pleural space that results from disruption of the equilibrium that exists across pleural membranes.

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