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Date : 21-Feb-2012
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User :   Would a chest xray show any signifigant problems in the esophagus?
Doctor :   Hi
Doctor :   DrXXX here
Doctor :   Yes
User :   I've had a sore throat for over a year had a ct of head and neck which showed nothing so I was a bit concerned about cancer
Doctor :   Ok
Doctor :   That doesnt signify cancer
User :   plus two ct scans because of costiochondritis
User :   I mean xrays
Doctor :   Its probably long standing chronic throat infection
User :   so xrays would show something wrong if it was serious?
Doctor :   Yes defenitely
User :   now...I had an abdominal ct and it showed the lungs how is that possible?
Doctor :   What were the findings?
Doctor :   Base of lung is always shown up in the abdominal scans
User :   that they were partially deflated..but I had been on cough suppresents and opiodes so they weren't would some of the esphogus show also?
Doctor :   Yes the lower end
User : I'm pretty well covered as far as cancer of the esophagus is concerned then
Doctor :   Yes
User :   having a scope tommorow anyway
Doctor :   That will further confirm
Doctor :   Thats the last available test to confirm
User :   I would imagine that if were there it would have to be small at this point ...yes? I don't want to get too confident
Doctor :   I dont think so
Doctor :   In case of cancer definetly will pick up in xray even the slightest abnormality could be visualised
Doctor :   Being a narrow structure any growth is easily noticable
User :   ok....I'd imagine that with chest pain most docs would look for that anyway?
Doctor :   Yes
User :   ok thank you very much
Doctor :   You are welcome
Doctor :   Wishing you a speedy recovery
Doctor :   Bye for now
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