I went with my husband to have a heart scan. I did this mostly to support him since his father died of heart disease, and he is overweight. My heart scan had a result of 0, with my husbands at 759. Never did I suspect that I would get a call from radiology, then our new doctor stating that I have spots on my lower right lobe and they need to see my right away. I am 49, only been smoking for 4 years, and in pretty good shape. I am a manager in a gas/convenience store, so I am constantly on the run. My shoulder starting at work when I lifted something heavy up pretty high, still hurts when I lay down. The doctor has gotten me in Wed morning for my first appt with her, but just called to tell me they want to do a full scan of my chest and abdomen. The doctor was interested in knowing that my mother has hystoplasmosis. What can I expect?
It is difficult to predict Mam, exactly what the problem is. Based on the imaging studies, they could be focusing on a differential diagnosis. Histoplasmosis is an infection caused by breathing in spores of a fungus. Most people with histoplasmosis never develop symptoms and aren't aware they're infected. Tuberculosis is another infection which can produce similar imaging patterns. Sometimes occupational lung diseases like silicosis and asbestosis can produce a similar picture. Further evaluation will be based on the lab tests and systemic symptoms. A PET scan and biopsy may help in evaluation. A biopsy facilitates a histologic study of cells, which gives you a definite diagnosis. So once you have the diagnosis you will know what measures or precautions you need to follow. Good Luck.
This site complies with the HONcode standard for trustworthy health information.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.