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?
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.
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