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Had a CT abd/pelvis w iv/contrast, findings;4.6mm pulmonary nodule in right lower lobe wout mineralization.Diff diag inc benign & malignant etiologies ?

Had a CT abd/pelvis w iv/contrast, findings;4.6mm pulmonary nodule in right lower lobe wout mineralization.Diff diag inc benign & malignant etiologies ?

CT SURVEILLANCE: Accp guidelines recommend 2 years of low dose ct surveillance. Repeat ct 3 months x 2 then 6 months x 3 for a total of 2 years. Probably nothing. ...Read more

Dr. Loki Skylizard
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Lung Nodule (Definition)

A lung nodule is a symptom in which a person has a chest x-ray or CT scan that shows a small lump (nodule) in a lung. A lung nodule can be cancerous or non-cancerous. If cancerous, it can be a lung cancer or can be a metastatic cancer that spread from another ...Read more


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I have a 7mm pulmonary nodule in my left lung and 9 mm hypodensity in my kidney. Should I be concerned or even speak to my doctor?

Talk to doctor: How did you find out about the nodule and hypodensity? Did your doctor not review the results of the imaging study with you? Why was imaging done? Please have a discussion with your doctor. ...Read more

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How is a 5mm non-calcified lower lobe pulmonary nodule in a non-smoker managed? Was found incidentally on a contrast CT of abdomen.

How is a 5mm non-calcified lower lobe pulmonary nodule in  a non-smoker managed? Was  found incidentally on a contrast CT of abdomen.

Recommendation: Fleischner society recommendation for nodule this size is follow up ct at 12 months and, if no change, no further follow up for low risk(e.g. Nonsmoker etc..) patient. For high risk patient, follow up CT at 6-12 months and then at 18-24 months if no change. ...Read more

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I have a pulmonary nodule that was 5 mm in 07/2013. As of 09/2014 it is 6 mm. Would you recommend a follow up next year? I haven't smoked in 30 years

Work-up now: The nature of the nodule needs to be established now rather than waiting for a year. You may wish to discuss with your doctor other diagnostic modalities, e.g., Pet scan and consultation with a pulmonary specialist. ...Read more

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What is a noncalcified pulmonary nodule? Is it treatable?

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. ...Read more

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Is a solitary pulmonary nodule if calcified , a glanuloma?

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. ...Read more

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Is a 6mm pulmonary nodule in the right upper lobe too small to biopsy?

Is a 6mm pulmonary nodule in the right upper lobe too small to biopsy?

Probably so: Biopsy of a lung nodule depends on the size and location. A nodule smaller than 1 cm is difficult to biopsy. A nodule located too close to the heart or main blood vessels is difficult to biopsy. A nodule too adjacent to the ribs may also be difficult to biopsy. In your case ct follow up at intervals by established guidelines may be considered. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: pet-ct pulmonary nodule?

What is the definition or description of: pet-ct pulmonary nodule?

Lung mass: If a lung mass is seen on chest xray or ct scan and the patient has a moderate risk of malignancy, often the next test is a positron emission tomography (pet scan). This test detects masses with high metabolic rates. Around 95% of patients with a malignant nodule will have a positive pet scan. It is falsely positive in about 21% of patients, meaning that it will suggest cancer when it is not. ...Read more

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Pulmonary nodule appears to be benign. Seeing pulmonologist. Should i bring up the emphysema at the same time?

Pulmonary nodule appears to be benign.  Seeing pulmonologist.  Should i bring up the emphysema at the same time?

Yes: I am quite sure pulmonary physician will broach the topic bit of looking for guidance you should pose question. Open communication everything. ...Read more

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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


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Respiratory (Definition)

Pertaining to the work of breathing done by the chest ...Read more