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A 25-year-old male asked:

calcified lung nodules?

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Dr. Stanley Lightfoot
Pathology 58 years experience
Probably: Calcification means the lesion has been there for a while and is an indication of it being benign if there are multilpe it problaly indicates a prior fungal or tuberculous infection it the lesion sontinues to grow a fna of thelesion should be performed.
Dr. Amy Deeken
Pathology 20 years experience
Usually benign : Calcified lung nodules are usually benign processes. Commonly they represent granulomas which are your body's immune defense to wall off insults and protect you lungs from infection - usually tuberculosis or fungus. Sometimes they can also be seen in occupational exposures to heavy metals or dust. Rarely calcified nodules can represent benign lung tumors like hamartomas.
Dr. Joseph Accurso
Radiology 29 years experience
Generally no worries: These are likely "healed" TB or fungal infection that the body has "walled off" and calcified. Usually called calcified granulomas. Very common, especially in certain parts of the world where specific fungi are endemic in the environment - in those areas, nearly every one has them and they do no harm.

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A 40-year-old male asked:

I have a lung nodule in which the center is calcified in a bean shape within a round shadow, could it be malignant?

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Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
Pulmonary Critical Care 22 years experience
Lung nodule: This is a question that should be answered after careful review of your imaging studies. In general, calcified nodules are benign as they typically represent granulomas.
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A 40-year-old male asked:

Can a biopsy be taken of a calcified lung nodule?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Yes: Open is best, needle will not get good or complete info. But most are benign and if tracked with imaging will not need biopsy.
A 36-year-old female asked:

Ct for sob history of pe calcified granulomas in r lung base ind granulomatous dis f/u w fleischner society criteria also shows a changing l nodule. Worry?

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Dr. Dan Fisher
Internal Medicine 27 years experience
Don't worry, act.: Any nodule being followed by fleischner criteria and enlarging needs explanation. Will likely require an additional study.
A 31-year-old member asked:

Please tell me the treatment for calcified lung nodules?

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Dr. Jon Strasser
Radiation Oncology 21 years experience
Nothing: Calcified nodeuls are invariably benign. It's the bodies way of scarring a lung lesion. You should have someone following you with a few follow up scan to show now changes.
A 43-year-old member asked:

What is the treatment for calcified lung nodules?

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Dr. Michael Gabor
Diagnostic Radiology 33 years experience
It depends on: the pattern of calcification. If the nodule is completely calcified, then it is benign, and requires no treatment. If not, then depending on the pattern of calcification and other nodule characteristics, it may require biopsy, follow up, or possibly nothing.

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