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Old 05-20-2003, 09:25 AM   #1
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Hello all, I had a question. Has anyone ever had this happen? Extra bone growth due to arthrists? I have a nodule hard fixated and my onocolgist thinks it just may be a bone growth due to arthritis. It's located on my mediastinum just under the clavicle in the middle of my chest just off to the right side. He told me that he wouldn't do a biopsy because he didn't feel it was anything to worry about. I have a history of thyroid cancer. I also had an MRI and a chest xray. They both came back normal. My question is that if it was a bone growth wouldn't it show up on my chest xray? If it was indeed bone? Any insite would be great! Oh and I did have CBC,ESR,RF,ANA,CMP,and a ck done and everything was fine. ESR was 5 range 0-20 RF <20 range <44 ANA 0.4 range <1.0 CK 88 range 26-140 and my other tests came back within range also. Can anybody offer advice this has been very frustrating for me! Thank you

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Old 05-20-2003, 01:16 PM   #2
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Bone spurs can come about due to arthritis - the body trying to repair itself in the best way ot can.
I have had a spur or 2 in the past and yes--did show up on x-ray


Old 05-20-2003, 05:36 PM   #3
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Hi, Yes, I have nodules or bone spurs. My doctor has been kind enough to show me the x-rays, and they did show up. I can understand why you are worried. You should call your doctor and ask him why it did not show up on the x-ray. It is always better to be questioning something like this, because it is your body. If the doctor does not give you a satisfactory answer, go to your reg. md and ask him to x-ray the area for you. I hope for your sake that the onocologist is right, but you really are correct in finding out why it didn't show up on x-ray. Good luck. Hope this has helped.

Old 05-23-2003, 08:53 AM   #4
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It might not have shown up due to the angle of the xray. If it was straight on no bump would show. Never hurts to ask your pcp to confirm things though. Better safe than sorry.

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