Robert W. Viggiano, MD
Department of Pulmonary Medicine
Mayo Clinic Arizona
History of Present Illness
A 68 year old woman was seen for increased back pain in April 2012. In 2000 she had a right lower lobe lung resection for low grade adenocarcinoma, bronchoalveolar type, nonmucinous. Her mass was 2.6 cm in maximal dimension extending to but not invading the pleura. There were clear surgical margins but involvement of one bronchial node. Multiple mediastinal nodes were negative. She had back pain for many years and yearly CTs were negative for metastatic disease.
PMH, SH, FH
Other than the above there was no significant past medical history, social history or family history.
- Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs for pain
- Nitrofurantoin for chronic urinary tract infections
There was tenderness to palpation over the mid-thoracic spine and evidence of a previous thoracotomy.
Her complete blood count (CBC), urinanalysis, liver function tests, and calcium were all within normal limits.
An x-ray of the chest is interpreted as unchanged from previous x-rays.
At this point which of the following radiologic testing is not indicated?
- Bone scan
- CT scan of the chest
- Magnetic resonance imaging
- Serial chest x-rays
- Thoracic PET scan
Reference as: Viggiano RW. December 2013 pulmonary case of the month: natural progression. Southwest J Pulm Crit Care. 2013;7(6): . doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.13175/swjpcc155-13 PDF