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Apical Lung Nodule
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
What does it mean to have " stable right apical lung enhancing nodule, likely to represent hamartoma"?
X-ray spot: It can be anything from an old inactive walled-off TB of fungus infection to a benign tumor to cancer to something as exotic as a dog heartworm that went far astray. Here in kansas, most are old histoplasmosis. But a spot is lung cancer until you & your physician have a reason to think otherwise. Good luck, and be brave. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Many options: Depends on age, size of nodule, history, and smoking history. Options include do nothing (rare), pet scan if there is risk for cancer, follow up cts at intervals determined by experienced md. Biopsies and surgery can come, but generally after above steps. Most nodules (>95%) are not cancer, and therefore invasive procedures should be reserved for when suspicion (guided by above factors) is high. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes: is the short answer. Asbestos can cause several different changes to the chest and lung fields. Pulmonary nodules are just one example. Pleural disease including plaques and calcification as well as mesothelioma are side affects of asbestos. Lung cancer is also a problem. Don't ignore this nodule. Talk to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Get it TNM staged.: If there is a lung nodule, and it appears solitary, it still needs to be evaluated to see if there is no metastasis, etc.. Ct scan and an ENT (ears, nose, and throat) exam are done. The ct helps determine if there is lymph node involvement. An aspiration biopsy of the lesion can be taken to determine its histology. Surgical resection in localized cases is done for all types except small cell. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
No symptoms: Lung nodules have no symptoms, unfortunately. Most of the time, they are benign things like scars, but sometimes they can be early cancers. If you have a nodule found on a cat scan, they need to be followed to make sure they don't grow or change over time. This is especially true if you have risk factors for cancer such as smoking or radiation exposure. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Yes if new: Some people contact TB as children and develop calcified nodes. If this is new and if you have been a long-term smoker do not fail to follow up with the doctor who discovered this because might be a malignancy. An old x-ray film could help to settle this matter. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Benign or malignant: Multiple possibilities. It's critical to obtain a thorough evaluation. All patients found to have a lung nodule should be referred to a comprehensive multidisciplinary thoracic surgical oncology program. After review of characteristics of nodule, patient history, risk factors, and examination; an individualized plan can be devised to facilitate diagnosis and/or treatment. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Not always.: This may mean an infection in the lung or an abscess. It depends on the time it took to change in size. It could be a benign process. But you will not know unless you get more tests, like an aspiration biopsy. It is best to see your doctor and get more tests. Best of luck. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Also used to be: Called a coin lesion. A solitary pulmonary nodule may be a primary cancer, or a granuloma or other benign things like a hamartoma or interlobar node. It also may the cause of "false positives" on ct-chest screening. Multiple nodules draw suspicion to traveled tumors. When very small (<5 mm), can be watched for growth; if larger, further work up including removal. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Ok so is it just as likely to experience symptoms from a 2.6cm (or smaller) lung nodule as it is from a lung mass?
Variable: Most small masses, nodules, lesions of that size are asymptomatic! the incidental finding is good luck. Depending on exact location, bronchoscopy may define the cause most will be removed. Some will biopsy first, but the thoracic surgeon will guide this with you. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer