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Lung diseases

Calcification in lungs

09/06/2006

Question:

What are the health issues associated with calcification in the lower lungs in a 75 year old woman? What if any treatment is required?

Answer:

Calcification in the lungs can be caused by several different processes.  The most common cause is calcification of granulomas, small scars within the lung tissue that are usually caused by infections.  Over time these scars become calcified.  They are usually benign (not cancerous) and do not cause any problems.  Other causes of calcification within the lungs include bleeding, infections.  Usually no treatment is needed.

If you have further questions about the calcifications in your lungs, you should ask to review the chest xray or CT scan with your physician and ask them what they think the cause and prognosis is in your case.

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Response by:

Ralph   Panos, MD Ralph Panos, MD
Associate Professor
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati