Top
20
Doctor insights on: Do Benign Lung Nodules Grow

Share

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


2

2
Do benign lung nodules grow, and is it possible for a carcinoid not to have any growth in 8 months?

Do benign lung nodules grow, and is it possible for a carcinoid not to have any growth in 8 months?

Yes: Benign nodules can grow. It is possible that a carcinoid grows very slowly and does not appear to enlarge on scans over the 8 month period. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
3

3
Can benign lung nodules grow?

Can benign lung nodules grow?

Yes: But there are very few truly benign solid tumors that occur in the lung. The only type seen with any frequency are hamartomas. Lung nodules that are made of scar do not generally grow except when they form, granulomas are burnt out infections that also don't grow. Any solid lung nodule that is increasing in size needs to be proven not to be cancer with biopsy ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
5

5
Why would a lung nodule grow from 5mm to 9mm?

Why would a lung nodule grow from 5mm to 9mm?

Would get checked: A lung nodule is not cancer per se, but it is unusual for a noncancerous nodule to grow. In the setting of smoking, this would be worrisome and require further evaluation. ...Read more

6

6
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

See 1 more doctor answer
7

7
What is the recovery process like after having a benign lung nodule removed?

What is the recovery process like after having a benign lung nodule removed?

Depends: If thoracoscopic wedge resection, usually 1 or 2 nights in hospital, and 1-2 weeks at home ... If thoracotomy and/or lobectomy, then up to a week in the hospital and several weeks to a few months at home ...;. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
8

8
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

See 1 more doctor answer
9

9
What are the factors that make a lung nodule benign vs malignant?

Difficult to explain: Tumors, primary or metastatic tend to grow more rapidly, may be associated with weight loss, positive positron scan, malignant cells in sputum, fine needle aspirate or on biopsy. Often the distinction is difficult. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
10

10
Lung nodule didn't grow for 6 months and now 15% first 2months 10 the next and now 5%.Should it be operated on now or is it safe to wait 3months?

Lung nodule didn't grow for 6 months and now 15% first 2months 10 the next and now 5%.Should it be operated on now or is it safe to wait 3months?

I wouldn't wait: A lung mass which is increasing in size is very concerning for cancer. Waiting a week or so probably doesn't make a difference but waiting 3 months would make me uncomfortable. You have already watched it for 9 months. Another 3 months means you have observed this lesion for a year! ...Read more

See 2 more doctor answers
11

11
I ve multiple lung nodules, expecting key hole surgery to test it, if it comes out benign, later will dr be able to remove them or better to leave them?

Lung nodules: Can't be ignored. Some are more suspicious than others. Age, smoking ; other factors are key. Characteristics of nodule, like calcification, may suggest a benign cause. Surgical or needle biopsy can help define some nodules, but sampling error (missing what you aim for or biopsing a benign nodule when a malignant one may be lurking elsewhere) can occur. True benign nodules don't need to be removed. ...Read more

12

12
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

13

13
Can a radiologist tell if a lung nodule is benign by just looking at it?

Can a radiologist tell if a lung nodule is benign by just looking at it?

Often but not perfec: Often there are certain characteristics on the xray that are helpful but no guarantee. It is often helpful to obtain a pet/ct scan as it has more accuracy. The best test is a biopsy if possible. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
14

14
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

See 1 more doctor answer
15

15
Are subcentimeter lung nodules that have not changed in size since january assumed to be benign if they do not light up on a pet scan. All are 6 mm?

Not necessarily : Six millimeter nodules are small and may not light up in a pet scan even if malignant. However, the fact they are stable is encouraging. I would guess your doc will keep an eye on them unless there's something else that is suspicious for cancer. Good luck. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
16

16
How often do benign lung nodules change to cancerous, or do they all turn over a period of time?D

How often do benign lung nodules change to cancerous, or do they all turn over a period of time?D

Generally don't turn: Key factor is change in size; benign nodules tend to stay roughly the same size over time, malignant nodules don't-they get bigger more rapidly. Benign nodules are common-aftermath of prior infection, inflammation, etc. Smoker? Ex- smoker? Lived/worked with a smoker? Occupational exposures? Family history? All are factors to be considered. Get follow up with your md, and/or pulmonary specialist. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
17

17
What does it mean when a 1cm lung nodule has "small density" , does that point toward Cancer? or Benign?

Small density.: A 1 cm nodule is a small density. Most likely this is benign finding but additional info about appearance and history/ physical exam are important. Are you a smoker? What prompted the X-ray or CT? A 3 month follow-up film is likely needed if this is a new radiological finding. Talk to your doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
18

18
Pulmonologist said a lung nodule I have is benign, i still feel uneasy about his answer, should i seek a second opinion? Nodule is 2 CM calcified

Pulmonologist said a lung nodule I have is benign, i still feel uneasy about his answer, should  i seek a second opinion? Nodule is 2 CM calcified

Biopsy: A calcified nodule is likley benign. You need to compare thx xray with an old film of your chest if you have. Ct of the chest is helpful. If any doubt tissue biopsy will confirm the nature of this nodule. If you are not comfortable with the response nothing is wrong with getting another opinion. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer
19

19
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

See 1 more doctor answer
20

20
I have multiple lung nodules with a history of oral cancer. Bronchoscopy was benign, but nodules could not be reached.. Chances this metastatic?

I have multiple lung nodules with a history of oral cancer.  Bronchoscopy was benign, but nodules could not be reached.. Chances this metastatic?

Could be metastatic: Lesions of lung associated with oral cancer is not that uncommon. Higher possibility of such disease in lung would correlate better if cervical nodes had been present initially. Bx is essential to initiate therapy if needed. A PET/CAT could indicate possibility of lung mets. Thorascopic bx would be helpful for deciding on definitive management. ...Read more

See 1 more doctor answer

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


Dr. Loki Skylizard
299 doctors shared insights

Lung Nodule (Definition)

A lung nodule is a round area that is more solid than normal lung tissue. It is a nonspecific finding and can ...Read more