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enlarged hilar

Hi there...my yearly chest xray noted enlarged hilar, shadowing, and infiltration.  I am now set up for an ct scan and am scared to death....I also have a "sick" type feeling in my chest and in my back between my shoulder blades.  I just got over being sick, but have no cough or cold symptoms.  Any idea what could be going on?  
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The description you have given is too non-specific to venture a guess but hilar enlargement is often not a sign of worrisome disease.  Frequently it may only be a sign of hilar lymph node enlargement.  For example sarcoidosis is a fairly benign cause of this.  Another example is enlargement of the pulmonary arteries, for which there are many causes.  This is scary but the CT scan should give your doctors a better idea of what's going on.  Do not assume this is cancer, because there are lots of other things it could be.

Good luck.
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