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A 48-year-old member asked:

Might it be lung cancer if i had a ct scan done of the chest and it showed 4 small nodules and now i have pain under rib cage?

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Dr. Matthew Majzun
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care 16 years experience
Unlikely: Though it is possible for lung cancer to cause pain in the wall of the chest, this usually happens when tumors are larger. The nodules you have will need followed with additional ct scans or biopsied/removed depending on size and your risk for lung cancer. However, it's unlikely for small nodules to be the cause of your pain. Check with your pcp or see a lung doc about the nodules.
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Dr. Creighton Wright
surgery 58 years experience
Need evaluation : Small nodules usually are painless. However metastatic nodules could have other nodules in chest wall, ribs etc. In south, histoplasmosis commonly produces lung nodules. Or desert fever, coccidiomycosis can do that.
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Last updated Aug 30, 2018


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