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what are pulmonary nodules?

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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care 31 years experience
X-ray finding: Pulmonary nodules are spots on a chest x-ray or ct scan that may be of various origin - from scarring through infection to cancer. Depending on the number and size, one may need follow-up x-rays, a biopsy or other tests such as a pet scan.
Dr. Barry Sheppard
Thoracic Surgery 34 years experience
X-ray findings: Pulmonary nodules are shadows seen on chest xrays and CT scans that are less than 3cm in size and represent areas of solid tissue in the parts of the lung which should be only air sacs. Nodules can be active infections, scar tissue from prior infections, benign tumors, pulmonary lymph nodes or cancer.

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Is a solitary pulmonary nodule if calcified , a glanuloma?

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Dr. Ralph White
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Not necessarily: Central calcification, laminated or stippled calcification (popcorn) calcified nodules are benign. However, calcifications on the edge or periphery of a nodule could still be malignant and need further evaluation with followup ct scan, pet scan and/or biopsy.
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What are biapical pulmonary nodules?

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Lung nodules: It means that you have nodules in the upper parts of the lungs.
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Right pulmonary pleural based nodules suspicious for metastasesnsive hepatic metastases means?

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A 48-year-old member asked:

What is a noncalcified pulmonary nodule? Is it treatable?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
It is a small: lung mass. There are benign and potentially malignant causes. Whether it needs workup depends on its imaging features and your clinical history. Sometimes a biopsy is necessary to determine what it is, other times it can be safely followed or ignored. The presence of calcification is important because most of the time a calcified nodule is benign.
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A 32-year-old female asked:

What causes a pulmonary nodule that's noncalcified in a lower lobe?

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Dr. Nikhil Agarwal
Specializes in Internal Medicine
Multiple causes: Non calcified nodules can be caused by infection, inflammation or possibly cancer. Depending on the size of the nodule and your personal history for risk factors it can be either biopsied or followed over a period of time. As the possibilities are diverse, please follow up with your physician to determine the best course of action.

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