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Pleural Thickening

tklik
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Joined: Jul 2001

I had Stage I, grade 3, node neg. Lump-Chemo-Rad last June. The CT scan showed pleural thickening on the chest wall. This CT scan was before treatment. I went for another CT scan yestday (Wed July 25) and won't find out anything until Monday. Can anyone tell me if you had pleural thickening and what causes it.

Theresa

24242
Posts: 1417
Joined: Mar 2001

If this is the thickening of a band along the scar and can lean right into your arm, causing tightness and discomfort then I would say yes that would of been my case. Through exercise you can break down the band, stretch it out so it isn't so thick and bothersome. I found it interesting how the body reacts to the trauma of such a disease, I never had a dull moment.
Message and exercise may help loosen this up for you.
24242Tara

tklik
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Joined: Jul 2001

It was sweet of you to write me back, but pleural thickening is the lung lineing. I don't think that I am too worried now because if this is asbestos related, people live a lone time with this. hugs - Theresa

isaiah4031
Posts: 243
Joined: Jun 2001

Theresa,
I looked through my nursing books and couldn't find anything specific for pleural thickening. I checked other disorders of the pleura (the lung lining) and found something called "wet" pleurisy. It is an abnormal increase in the pleural fluid that can be caused by breast cancer. It is caused by the movement of fluids or substances that pass through the blood vessels or tissues into the space between the pleura and the lungs themselves. By thickening, I don't know if it is the lining itself that is the reference or the build up of fluid inside. Any breating problems? I'll keep researching and hope I find more. If so, I update. I'll check the basbestos aspect also. God bless you.
Jayne

isaiah4031
Posts: 243
Joined: Jun 2001

Theresa,
I should have kept on reading before I posted that last message. If there is an infection, there may be the accumulation of infected material in the pleural cavity the appearance of the pleura may become thickened. It doesn't mention an association with breast cancer. Treatment is usually antibiotics, unless it is very severe. Then it has to be drained to remove the infected liquid. I didn't find anything under asbestos, but my books are not all inclusive either. My thoughts and prayers go with you.
Love, Jayne

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