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Spots on trachea and lung area. Advised tonsil removal. Is this related to calcification?

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I'm writing for my friend. He has always had these spots on his trachea and lung area and the doctors said they never wanted to remove them because they didn't know what they were and they were not causing him to have any breathing difficulty. He recently went to a ENT to have a regular check up for that issue and the doctor said even though it's not causing him any problems with his throat he recommended to remove his tonsils because it seemed as if they were secreting something that could be causing or have caused the spots they found in the past, something to do with something calcifying?? Also, he just took the results back to his regular doctor and to go over some routine bloodwork, his sugar and cholesterol were very high and he brought to the doctor's attention for about a week he was spitting up bright red blood. He is a healthy, normal weight and very active 45 year old male...any ideas on what could be going on?
Posted Sun, 2 Jun 2013 in Ear, Nose and Throat Problems
Answered by Dr. Surendiran Gaj 9 hours later
Hi there,
Thanks for writing to us.

Usually, when any spots on region of trachea / lung will not cause any breathing problem, then it is nothing to worry, unless otherwise they are malignant (difficult to treat).

Spots could be anything, which need a probing with biopsy examination (taking a piece of tissue) of the spots to get an account of exact diagnosis.

Inflamed tonsils may be due to infection, which may ooze secretion, resulting discharge in trachea, ENT specialist might taught that could be reason for the spots, so suggested for removal of tonsils.

Spitting blood has to be taken into serious consideration that the reason has to be probed.

Doing a bronchoscopy is advised, that will clearly pinpoint the region and expand of lesion in trachea and lung, after which the treatment is scheduled as per the findings.

Increased blood sugar and cholesterol have to be treated separately. Do a fasting and postprandial blood glucose level and lipid profile study; drugs are prescribed by the treating physician.

Take care and let me know of further question.
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