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Posted by Chuck on November 14, 2000 at 14:50:10:

In Reply to: CT scans....what does ground glass mean posted by Becki on October 13, 2000 at 00:12:31:

Becki:
My wife has Bronchoalveolar Carcinoma (BAC) Lung Cancer. It is one of the rarest forms of Non-Small Cell Lung Cancer (NSCLC). In the "diffuse" type of BAC lung cancer (there are several types) the tumors are not solid, but rather, are microscopic. They are slow growing, compared to other lung cancers, but they are also known to be unpredictable. They tend to creep along the lining of the lungs. This is what my wife has. When they do high resolution C/T scans to measure the progress of this disease, the radiologists often refer to these microscopic tumors as appearing like "ground glass" as they tend to compact upon each other and form measurable "lesions". Perhaps this reference to "ground glass" may be used in other contexts as well, but I thought you may be interested in this NSCLC information.
Chuck

: Hello
: i was wondering if anyone here has whats called a ground glass apperance to their lungs on a CT scan???What is that???

: Thanks
: Becki


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