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CT had 1.6cm & two 7mm ground glass nodules in lungs after 6 mo of cough & chest pain. Had blood clots in lungs 2x. Ex smoker. Could it be cancer?

CT had 1.6cm & two 7mm ground glass nodules in lungs after 6 mo of cough & chest pain. Had blood clots in lungs 2x. Ex smoker. Could it be cancer?

Absolutely possible: The only way to get a definitive diagnosis is to get a biopsy and look at the tissue under the microscope. If it is in a single lobe it may be best to remove the whole lobe. Speak to iour local pulmonologist and your thoracic surgeon ASAP. ...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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Three lung nodules found on CT in dec, each 5mm. Stable on repeat CT in may but one is a ground glass nodule. Should I have a bronchoscope?

Three lung nodules found on CT in dec, each 5mm. Stable on repeat CT in may but one is a ground glass nodule. Should I have a bronchoscope?

More details: Why did you have the ct scan in the first place? Where, fever, cough, weight loss, shortness of breath, infection, exposure to fungus, smoker? Family hs, other disease? Stable for 6 month without change in size is not assuring enough. 3 nodules in the lung in 35 yo female can be due to many reasons..Skin testing, blood counts, liver enzymes. Ask your doctor why? You and i need to know more. ...Read more

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After pneumonia, 6mm ground glass nodule found in lung 7 years ago. Recent CT scan showed 11mm non-calcified nodule in very same area. Did it grow?

After pneumonia, 6mm ground glass nodule found in lung 7 years ago.  Recent CT scan showed 11mm non-calcified nodule in very same area. Did it grow?

Possible granuloma: This may be a post-inflammatory granuloma, but that is hard to tell without multiple serial exams. If you have risk factors for lung cancer, such as a history of tobacco use, a pet/ct could be obtained to evaluate for abnormal increased metabolic activity in this nodule. Discuss with your md. ...Read more

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Chest cta notes 3mm and 5mm ground glass nodules. Dr didn't seem worried. I read these are more likely to be cancer. what should I do?

Chest cta notes 3mm and 5mm ground glass nodules. Dr didn't seem worried. I read these are more likely to be cancer. what should I do?

Follow up checks: Lung nodules on CT cans are common; most of these nodules are benign unless you are a heavy smoker. The best way to resolve the question of them being benign or cancerous is to obtain a follow up CT scan in 6 months. If they remain unchanged they are considered benign. you may have to change your doctor if the first one is not willing to do a follow up with a CT scan of your chest. ...Read more

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Chest CT scan subsegmental atelectasis versus fibrosis in medial margins of r \l upper lobes abutting mediastinum was f/u for 6mm ground glass nodule

Chest CT scan subsegmental atelectasis versus fibrosis in medial margins of r \l upper lobes abutting mediastinum was f/u for 6mm ground glass nodule

The fibrosis and : Atelectasis isnt anything to worry about, just some lung tissue collapsed on itself and scarring. The ground glass nodule is something that may need longer term follow up to make sure it doesnt grow. These can be due to something called atypical adenomatous hyperplasia (aah). ...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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Please tell me what does a lung nodule indicate?

Please tell me what does a lung nodule indicate?

A Lung nodule: Depending on risk factors, a lung nodule may have higher than 50% risk of being malignant. The diagnosis of cancer can only be made by a pathologist upon microscopic examination of a tissue biopsy. ...Read more

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Is an 8mm lung nodule followed up by another scan?

Is an 8mm lung nodule followed up by another scan?

Almost always, yes: Depends on your history and the appearance/location/shape of the nodule, but most often a follow up CT scan is the most appropriate test. Occasionally, if your doctor is concerned a PET scan may be useful for 8mm, but if its negative it is less helpful than when you have a larger nodule, for which PET is more reliable at excluding the likelihood of cancer. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a 13 mm lung nodule, is that big?

What to do if I have a 13 mm lung nodule, is that big?

Small, but: Small but big enough to have a work-up or follow-up. See a lung specialist for that. Do you smoke? ...Read more

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It is very likely that a 2.6cm lung nodule presents symptoms?

It is very likely that a 2.6cm lung nodule presents symptoms?

Unfortunately, no: Lung cancers are often diagnosed quite late because patients may not have symptoms for a long time. Eventually, people will have a cough, cough up blood, lose weight, have chest pain or shortness of breath. If a nodule is benign, the presence of symptoms probably depends on the exact location (whether it blocks an airway, for example). ...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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Can a teenage smoker get a cancerous lung nodule?

Can a teenage smoker get a cancerous lung nodule?

Lung cancer: It would take longer than a few years of smoking to get lung cancer. But you can get cancer at any age and sometimes the cancer will spread into the lungs. ...Read more

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What is an effective medicine for apical lung nodule?

What is an effective medicine for apical lung nodule?

Depends: Depends on what the nodule is? First you need appropriate diagnosis. This is best by a multidiscipline comprehensive thoracic surgical lung nodule program. If the nodule is a tumor, treatment will depend on type and staging if malignant. ...Read more

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What should I do for a lung nodule found on right lung?

What should I do for a lung nodule found on right lung?

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 more

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What are the symptoms of a lung nodule and are they malignant?

What are the symptoms of a lung nodule and are they malignant?

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 more

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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

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Lung nodule grew 6mm, could I have cancer?

Lung nodule grew 6mm, could I have cancer?

50%: A non calcified lung nodule has a 50%risk of being cancer.Diagnosis of cancer is made by pathologist on a microscopic slide of a significant biopsy size. Removal of the whole nodule provides the pathologist with adecuate specimen. Needle biopsy of a lung cancer will miss the diagnosis half the time. So if it is cancer by needle bx it is.Otherwise undiagnostic. ...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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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