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Can lung nodules be caused by exposure to asbestos?

Can lung nodules be caused by exposure to asbestos?

Asbestos & plaques: Exposure to asbestos can commonly cause pleural plaques (nodules in the lining of the lung). Cancer of this lining (mesothelioma) is also associated with asbestos exposure (less common than pleural plaques). ...Read more

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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In 72'-74', I was on a U.S Navy ship, which was full of asbestos. In 05', I was diagnosed with that left lung nodule. May this have caused my nodule?

In 72'-74', I was on a U.S Navy ship, which was full of asbestos. In 05', I was diagnosed with that left lung nodule. May this have caused my nodule?

You're still alive: If the nodule was found ten years ago, and you had no illness as a result, then this is not cancer. If it were cancer, you might have a pretty good case. I'm glad it's not. Asbestosis itself presents as diffuse thickening of the lung texture, or of the pleural surfaces. Most lung nodules in non-smokers (hope that's you) are old histoplasmosis, which is harmless. Thanks for your service. ...Read more

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Back in 1972-74, I was on a U.S Navy shift aircraft carrier, which was full of asbestos. In 2005, I was diagnosed with that left lung nodule, which was removed in 2008. In your personal opinion, do you think that may have caused my lung nodule? If so, ple

Back in 1972-74, I was on a U.S Navy shift aircraft carrier, which was full of asbestos. In 2005, I was diagnosed with that left lung nodule, which was removed in 2008. In your personal opinion, do you think that may have caused my lung nodule? If so, ple

Many types of tumor: If a lung lesion was noted as solitary and no previous history of underlying disease with bx of mesothelioma then Asbestos has been associated with such lung lesions. Squamous Ca usually derived from smoking and adenoCa from a viral source. At this time worth while to get PET/CAT to assure all path absent from lung or metastatic foci. ...Read more

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Do you believe that absestos can cause a lung nodule?

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Do you believe that absestos can cause a lung nodule?

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 more

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Need doctor's help! Will lung nodules be caused from exposure to mold?

Need doctor's help! Will lung nodules be caused from exposure to mold?

Lung nodules: Long nodules should be evaluated. May be serious or not at all serious. Doctor can help person find out cause. No relation to exposure to mold. ...Read more

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How much CT and pet scans are safe in one year from radiation exposure on 59 yea old woman diagnosis lung nodules. One more year to go for monitoring

How much CT and pet scans are safe in one year from radiation exposure on 59 yea old woman diagnosis lung nodules. One more year to go for monitoring

Check with your ---: Radiologist as they would be give you precise information about the dose of radiation one gets with each scan. Call your hospital's x ray dept and they can put in touch with him/her.

Good luck. ...Read more

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What could cause a lung nodule to thicken?

What could cause a lung nodule to thicken?

Growth: If a lung nodule thickens, that means it is growing. Whether this is cancer, infection or anything else, you need to find out. ...Read more

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What causes lung nodules? Can you share some sources?

What causes lung nodules? Can you share some sources?

Smoking: Check on google. There are too many things that can do it. Most importantly, smoking. Check with your lung doc to know for sure. Lung nodules can be life threatening. ...Read more

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Can benign lung nodules cause problems in the lung?

Yes: Benign means whatever is causing the nodule will not spread. However, the nodule can grow in size, impinge on, or erode into nearby structures and cause symptoms. ...Read more

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If a person smoked, does that cause cancerous lung nodules?

Modules: Smoking increases the risk of developing cancerous lesions. But not every nodule in current or past smokers is cancerous. Every nodule must however be considered cancer until it has been appropriately monitored or biopsied to rule out cancer. ...Read more

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Rt lung nodule w enlarged lymphnodes in mediastatin. Possible causes? Tu

Rt lung nodule w enlarged lymphnodes in mediastatin. Possible causes? Tu

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 more

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Is it better to be safe than sorry, when one has a lung nodule 1.4 2.7 suv and get it removed or wait and perhaps cause more problems. Surgery seems so?

Is it better to be safe than sorry, when one has a lung nodule 1.4 2.7 suv and get it removed or wait and perhaps cause more problems. Surgery seems so?

It depends: It depends on the patients medical history, smoking history, whether or not the nodule has grown over time, and what exactly it looks like. The patient's peace of mind is a factor as well. If a patient feels strongly that he would like a lung nodule removed that should factor into the equation also. ...Read more

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I was wondering does mold cause lung nodules?

I was wondering does mold cause lung nodules?

Yes: Agree certain inhaled substances, including fungi can result in nodule development. All lung nodules require follow up and potentially more investigation based on history, findings, and criteria. ...Read more

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Pls can u advice me what causes a benign lung nodule, thanks?

Pls can u advice me what causes a benign lung nodule, thanks?

Inflamation, etc: Benign nodules are often the result of abnormal tissue, inflammation and/or scar. This can result from inhaling something or having an infection. ...Read more

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Could aspirating a small piece of popcorn cause a lung nodule?

Yes: Inhalation of foreign bodies will initiate an inflammatory response from your immune system which can ultimately culminate in a calcified lung nodule on x-ray. ...Read more

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Wanted to know if benign lung nodules can cause asthmatic symptoms?

Wanted to know if benign lung nodules can cause asthmatic symptoms?

No: Asthmatic symnptoms are a response of the trachobronchial treee to an allergic response and is treated as such. Benign lung nodules are unrelated to any secondary allegric or IgG response ...Read more

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Truthful answer please, can an suv 2.7 be caused by an infection in a lung nodule?

Yes: I know I have answered a number of your questions about this nodule and I hope you are well! Don't forget we are not really treating you. My best advice is to find a non-virtual doctor with whom you have good rapport, and decide together with that doctor what to do in real life. ...Read more

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What symptoms can a benign lung nodule cause, and whether it causes blockage and effect on breathing?

What symptoms can a benign lung nodule cause, and whether it causes blockage and effect on breathing?

Mostly none: In general, lung nodules benign and malignant are asymptomatic (without symptoms). That said, benign is more likely associated with infection. Thus symptoms such as infection and pneumonia may be present; fever, cough, etc.... Other symptomatic nodules may be from sarcoidosis. There is a large list of symptoms with sarcoid. ...Read more

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Can breathing mold cause lung nodules? I have multiple small nodules <9mm.

Can breathing mold cause lung nodules? I have multiple small nodules <9mm.

It can, however: Exposure to mold and lung nodules may not be related. You obviously have seen a doctor to know that you have lung nodules. It would be prudent to consult a pulmonary medicine doctor. ...Read more

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How common are lung nodules and if you have a few and it is not cancer what causes them can it also be from inflammtion?

How common are lung nodules and if you have a few and it is not cancer what causes them can it also be from inflammtion?

Very common: Lung nodules are very common, especially in the midwest, where you are from. A lung nodule can be a scar from any sort of infection that happened previously. Some times, they can be an early lung cancer. Usually, if they are found, they should be followed for at least 2 years to make sure they do not grow. This is especially true if the patient smokes.

There are protocols for following nodules. ...Read more

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Do the lung nodules caused by valley fever need to be surgically removed?

Do the lung nodules caused by valley fever need to be surgically removed?

No: A lung nodule caused by coccidioidomycosis (cause of valley fever) is just a clump of inflammatory debri. This is the bodies' way of "wrapping up" the infecting organism so that it cannot cause any further lung injury. They do not need to be surgically excised as they cannot do you any harm. Neatly packaged, these gifts await unwrapping by other micro-friends long after you are buried. ...Read more

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What is a primary lung cancer that would cause multiple small lung nodules less than 5 mm when found?

Unusual: Consider some cancer superimposed on histoplasmosis.
Metastatic, military cancer from melanoma, breast can have unusual appearance.
Alveolar cell can be multiple lesions, but not like the description. ...Read more

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Way are common causes of multiple small non calcified lung nodules in both lungs that has remained same size in 4 months besides cancer?

Histoplasmosis: A common fungus in the midwest and south.
Used to be tuberculosis was common, but that is not anymore.
Cancer tends to grow.

Followup ct is important. ...Read more

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What causes multiple bilateral lung nodules. The largest one is 5 mm and all the doctor wants to do is follow it. Why not biopsy it and find out why?

What causes multiple bilateral lung nodules. The largest one is 5 mm and all the doctor wants to do is follow it. Why not biopsy it and find out why?

Many things: Depending on where you live this can be an old infection called histoplasmosis. 5 mm nodules are quite small and biopsies may not be easy at this point. Also a surgical biopsy of the lung isn't a simple outpatient procedure. If you are concerned you can also get a second opinion. ...Read more

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Can a benign lung nodule cause a sore back? (uncomfortable)

Can a benign lung nodule cause a sore back? (uncomfortable)

Yes: Depending on the location and size of the nodule, as well as the cause of the nodule, it can cause pain. ...Read more

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Can asthma cause lung nodule in non smoker 52 yr/F had chest xray april - negative, now chest xray july nodule showing?

Can asthma cause lung nodule in non smoker 52 yr/F had chest xray april - negative, now chest xray july nodule showing?

No: Asthma cannot cause lung nodules. Make sure the nodule is confirmed with a follow-up test. Sometimes artifacts are interpreted as possible nodules. ...Read more

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What can cause swollen lymph nodes in chest and a lung nodule?

What can cause swollen lymph nodes in chest and a lung nodule?

Lung tumor: Chest or mediastinal lymph nodes associated with a lesion in the lung most often represent metastasis from a lung primary. This can further be defined by mediastinoscopy and lymph node biopsy or if in the proper position, thoracoscopy removing the lung nodule. A PET/CAT before any procedure will tell whether the nodes are malignant as whether the lung lesion is malignant. ...Read more

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(36 and smoker)What could 3 noncalcified lung nodules sizes 6mm- 4mm left lower lobe be? Found on ct, what would be next step to identify cause?

(36 and smoker)What could 3 noncalcified lung nodules sizes 6mm- 4mm left lower lobe be? Found on ct, what would be next step to identify cause?

Many possibilities.: Noncalcified lung nodules are worrisome, especially if you are a smoker (as you have), & more so if you are a "heavy" smoker (based on number of packs per day, & no of yrs that you've smoked). A nodule could be scar tissue, or the effects of an infection or radiation; however, most worrisome, of course, is lung cancer. To identify cause, next step is usually bronchoscopy (scope to look) & biopsy. ...Read more

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Asbestos (Definition)

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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