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Lung nodule

A 18-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ed Friedlander
43 years experience Pathology
X-ray spot: It can be anything from an old inactive walled-off TB of fungus infection to a benign tumor to cancer to something as exotic as a dog heartworm that w ... Read More
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
See below: A spot on the lungs, smaller than 3 cm (otherwise it is called a mass), seen on cxr and/or ct chest, which should not be there. May be due to anything ... Read More
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Dr. Loki Skylizard
19 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Abnormaility: A lung "nodule" is a term for small abnormalities seen on xray and ct scans. Most are found to be non-cancer. If larger, 2.5 - 3cm or bigger, will cal ... Read More
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A 41-year-old member asked:
Dr. Brian Mott
28 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Solid mass in lung: A lung nodule is a soft tissue mass that is located somewhere within the lung itself. It can be a benign or malignant nodule. Following it with ct sca ... Read More
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
X-ray term: A small (less than 3 cm) spot on the lungs that looks different from the rest of the lung tissue on x-ray or ct scan. Can be anything from scar tissue ... Read More
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A 32-year-old member asked:
Dr. Tushar Patel
25 years experience Radiology
Chest CT scan: To search for a lung nodule, chest ct scan is more accurate than a chest xray. To see if a nodule is cancerous, depending on the size and location in ... Read More
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Many options: Depends on age, size of nodule, history, and smoking history. Options include do nothing (rare), pet scan if there is risk for cancer, follow up cts a ... Read More
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A 55-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Binford
37 years experience Thoracic Surgery
Depends: A lung nodule is a lesion in the lung less than 3 cm in diameter. A larger lesion is often called a mass. Typically a lesion needs to be at least 1 cm ... Read More
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A 33-year-old member asked:
Dr. Creighton Wright
55 years experience General Surgery
Unknowable: There are a lot of possibilities. It is a density in the lung identified on an x-ray or ct for a small nodule ct scan follow up at 3-4 months early ... Read More
A 47-year-old member asked:
Dr. Matthew Hennig
18 years experience Thoracic Surgery
See a thoracic spec.: A ct scan would be needed and depending on that result, more tests would possibly be ordered. The size, other abnormalities that may be present, your ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Rada Ivanov
30 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Growth: If a lung nodule thickens, that means it is growing. Whether this is cancer, infection or anything else, you need to find out.
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A 31-year-old member asked:
Dr. Mary Maluccio
26 years experience Surgical Oncology
Would get checked: A lung nodule is not cancer per se, but it is unusual for a noncancerous nodule to grow. In the setting of smoking, this would be worrisome and requir ... Read More
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A 44-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nestor Del rosario
33 years experience Addiction Medicine
Lung nodule: Lung nodules are densities in the lungs seen in imaging procedures. The indication depends on how they look like, calcified or not, cavitary or not. T ... Read More
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A 78-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mazen Abuawad
29 years experience Radiology
Lung nodule: Short term follow up is recommended ( every 6 months) for up to 2 years. If it increases in size then a pet scan and possible biopsy can be performed.
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