Can a lung infection show up on an x-ray as a small mass? My husband went to the dr after he coughed up blood one time. His x-ray showed a shite area about 1 1/2" on the bottom right lung. He has been wheezing and congested for several weeks, The Dr is referring him for a ct scan but also prescribed inhales and decongestants. His wheezing cleared up almost immediatly with the inhaler use.
Yes, infection can show-up as a small mass but that is less likely than the usual appearance of pneumonia. Having said that, his having coughed up blood one time is worrisome but, depending on his age and smoking history, need not be construed as a sign of malignant disease. In addition to benign tumors there are other causes for the development of “a small mass” including infection, inflammation, collapse of a portion of a lung and clots to the lung. “How small” is also important as “masses” smaller than one inch in diameter are more likely to be benign than are larger lesions.
Whatever this proves to be, it is probably the cause of the wheezing, especially if the wheeze is limited to the right lung.
Sounds like his doctor has done all the right things.
I hope the cause of this “mass” proves to be benign and readily treatable.
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