i had a ct scan for a sore neck i was then told i had a small 6mm somewhat mass like area of left lung apex which could be pleuroparenchymal scarring or a small apical pulmonary mass what does this mean my doctor has said i shouldent be worried is he correct
By conventional standards, a “pleuroparenchymal scarring or a small apical pulmonary mass” of this size (6mm) is considered small and highly likely to be a benign finding. For this reason, I do agree with your doctor that this finding is not only not worrisome but is a very common finding on routine Chest X-rays. It is highly likely that this finding on CT is a scar. However, should you have or develop respiratory symptoms, for example cough with or without sputum, further evaluation would be appropriate without further delay.
The first step should be for you or your doctor to obtain any and all prior chest X-rays you might have had, to determine if this “scarring” might have been present in the past and is unchanged. If that is not possible or if previous X-rays show no sign of “scarring”, it would be wise to have a limited CT of the neck, focused on the area in question, in 3-6 months.
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