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6mm nodule left lung base pleural surface and faint 6mm nodule on left lower sub pleural lobe found from CT. Enlarged heart found on right side. Also very slight alveolitis found in right upper lobe. ?

Nodule: A 6mm nodule is a relatively common finding. Many times these are benign resulting from old infections or exposures. It becomes more worrisome in a smoker, and regardless should have a follow up cat scan in 3-6 months. ...Read more

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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Ct scan found a lesion on my liver, a 6mm nodule on my lung, 2 tracheal lymph nodes 1cm each?

Ct scan found a lesion on my liver, a 6mm nodule on my lung, 2 tracheal lymph nodes 1cm each?

Follow up CT: The importance of the findings may depend on why your ct scan was done. Current guidelines suggest Incidental single lung nodules between 4-6 mm in patients over 35 need follow ct scan, the interval between scans is dependent on the risk of cancer (smokers, exposure to asbestos, etc). 10mm(1cm) lymph note near trachea is upper limits of normal size. ...Read more

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Will a 6mm lung nodule show up on a pet scan?

Will a 6mm lung nodule show up on a pet scan?

Maybe: Lung nodules smaller than 10 mm (3/8 inch) can be falsely negative on pet because of limitations of the technology. That means the uptake on the scan is not high enough to be suspicious even though the nodule is actually worrisome. However, some small nodules have enough uptake despite their small size. The pet is not a bad idea for a 6 mm nodule, and if positive, means aggressive evaluation. ...Read more

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Last xray found 6mm lung nodule but it was not on an xray fromvthe mpnth before. Why so sudden? Ciuld it be a mistake?

Last xray found 6mm lung nodule but it was not on an xray fromvthe mpnth before. Why so sudden? Ciuld it be a mistake?

Any number of things: could mimic a lung "nodule" including artifact, nipple shadow, blood vessels, etc, which, even though it is not a "mistake" could be something inconsequential. It could have been there on the previous x-ray, just not detected. Have your doctor who ordered the study look at it to see if another x-ray or imaging study is warranted. ...Read more

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Recently discovered a 6mm lung nodule during ctshort history of smoking around 18-20 sociallyshould i be concerned as a high or low risk patient?

Low risk: Your smoking history is relatively short. A 6mm nodule would be observed for 3-6 months before repeating the scan. The overwhelming majority (>95%) of nodules seen on ct are benign. If you stopped smoking, congratulations. If not, strongly consider it. ...Read more

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Noncalcified 6mm upper lung nodule. Stayed that way for 3 years. 4th year it grew to 8.4mm. 5th year is 1.2cm. Could this be slow growing cancer?

Noncalcified 6mm upper lung nodule. Stayed that way for 3 years. 4th year it grew to 8.4mm.  5th year is 1.2cm. Could this be slow growing cancer?

Yes!!! : Lung nodules are checked every 6 months for 2 years. If they dont change in size, they are considered stable, and annual cxr is in order. If it grows, it could be malignant. 6 mm to 1.2 cm is a lot of change, so see your primary care doctor for a pulmonary consultation. ...Read more

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When my 6mm lung nodule was found on CT, slight "alvelitis" was found on the right upper lobe. What is alvelitis?

When my 6mm lung nodule was found on CT, slight "alvelitis" was found on the right upper lobe. What is alvelitis?

Alveolitis: This is inflammation of the Alveoli,...the pulmonary (lung) alveoli are the terminal ends of the respiratory tree, which outcrop from either alveolar sacs or alveolar ducts, and which are both sites of gas exchange with the blood as well. ...Read more

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CT for K-stone in July found 6mm nonclassified lung nodule. 2nd K-Stone in Sept and 2nd CT. No mention of nodule. Can they disappear? Do I need 3rd CT

CT for K-stone in July found 6mm nonclassified lung nodule. 2nd K-Stone in Sept and 2nd CT. No mention of nodule. Can they disappear? Do I need 3rd CT

Yes, no: Yes nodules can disappear, butr make sure the radiologist was also reviewing CT for it, he may have been focusing on just the kidneys. With more kidney stones, you may want to check calcium levels and/or parathyroid hormone levels ...Read more

Nodule (Definition)

Any growth or deposit in the body or on its surface may be casually termed a nodule until its character is determined by the familiarity of the physician with it or by the results of a biopsy if it is not so obvious. The term is casual ...Read more