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Chest and breathlesness problem,post sinus infection - Online Doctor Chats

Date : 21-Feb-2012
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Doctor :   Hi
User :   Hi
Doctor :   how can i help u ?
User :   My mother recently had a chest xray following being rather breathless over the last few months. She has now been asked to go for a ct scan as the xray showed a shadow that the gp wants to look at further. I am going out of mind with worry - assuming the worst!
Doctor :   let me read ur query
User :   She is a 72 year old otherwise fit and healthy lady - non smoker for 5 years, history of breast cancer 13 years ago
Doctor :   So did she smoke before /
User :   She did have the chest xray shortly after recovering from a chest cold and sinus infection - may that have affected it at all?
User :   Yes - smoker for many years prior to quitting
Doctor :   it could be as a pneumonia can be seen on a Xray
User :   Chesty cold, I mean to say - not chest cold!
Doctor :   also as she has smoked for a long time before, its always best to get screening for any lesions with advanced studies
User :   But she is feeling fine in herself - just this persistent vague breathlessness. No cough to speak of. Oh, and she has had pneumonia vac!
Doctor :   thats fine
User :   But there are other explanations, rather than the terminal lung disease I am thinking of, right?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   definitely
Doctor :   the only thing that u need to think is get the ct done
Doctor :   so that those things can be ruled out as well
User :   She has had it this morning
Doctor :   what was the finding, i guess u r waiting for the results ?/
User :   Radiology informed her it would be about a week to two weeks getting the report to her gp. I am assuming that if it does show anything serious, it would be less than the two weeks?
Doctor :   yes
Doctor :   thats right
User :   Thank you very much
Doctor :   you are welcome
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