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Inflamed Nodules In Lungs
In december he had a chest xray for at that time, a single nodule observed. Cat scan now shows 2 benign nodules w/ 1 inflamed. What next?
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Discuss the situation with your doctor. What to do next depends on the actual images on the ct and the opinion of the radiologist (a doctor specializing in image interpretation). Your doctor may need to talk to the rad.
Sometimes the ct can clearly determine if the nodule is benign, but sometimes followup ct's are required. If there is an old ct to compare with, that would be extremely helpful. ...Read more
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
Cyst? cancer?: you are a young woman very unlikely to have cancer but still a slight risk , but high risk if smoke, do you smoke?? if so stop now before too late , your health will come back , if not great . get a pulmonologist to review your cat scan or whatever found this nodule , needs to be found out .pray it is ok ...Read more
Lung nodule: Lung nodule is defined as a small round or oval shaped spot in the lung, ...Read more
No, almost NEVER: A 5 mm lung nodule, even in a high risk person (heavy long time smoker) has a (much) less than 1% chance of being cancer as opposed to a benign scar or 'granuloma'. Nobody should be doing surgery to remove a 5 mm nodule except in the rarest of circumstances, too complicated to discuss in 400 characters. ...Read more
Lung nodules: Are densities or white areas, roundish usually that are seen in xr of the lungs which are not usually seen in normal, or regular chest x-rays. When we see them we do have to make decisions if pathologic to work them up to make sure they are not cancers or infections. When seen they don't always mean disease. ...Read more
It depends: Not all lung nodules are alike. The odds that a nodule is cancer depends in the appearance and size of the nodule, the medical history of the patient, the smoking history of the patient, and how the nodule changes over time. Radiologists, pulmonary physicians and thoracic surgeons are best qualified to determine the risk that a particular nodule is cancer. ...Read more
Generally no worries: These are likely "healed" TB or fungal infection that the body has "walled off" and calcified. Usually called calcified granulomas. Very common, especially in certain parts of the world where specific fungi are endemic in the environment - in those areas, nearly every one has them and they do no harm. ...Read more
Curable? No: Lung nodules are very common, and over 95% are benign scars that require no "cure". They don't go away, and therefore are not "cured" but they are harmless. The 4-5% of lung nodules that are cancer require some form of treatment and many of these are curable. This depends upon thorough evaluation of the nodule, staging and treatment by experienced teams. ...Read more
Whitish spot on xray: On a chest x-ray, sometimes there are whitish spots that aren't supposed to be there in the normally dark images of the lungs. The spots are usually less than an inch wide, and often less than half-an-inch wide. Disorders that show up as a nodular density or multiple densities include infections (such as TB or other germs), fungi (such as aspergillus), inflammatory disorders, cancers, etc... ...Read more
I have tiny nodular density in right upper lung. what does it mean? does it mean im not fit to work? thanks
If the nodule is very small, it is most likely benign. Your risk factors including smoking history, family history and pulmonary history can be assessed to determine the next best step.
I would suggest a TB test and a follow up appt with a review of the CT scan: healthtap.com/DosanjhMD ...Read more
If you have a single nodule in each lung are they considered separated solitary nodules or multiple nodules?
Multiple nodules: Solitary nodules appear only in 1 lung. A single nodule could have multiple causes (infection, lymph node, cancer, others). However, 1 nodule in each lung would constitute an unusual finding. It deserves investigation, as both have a greater chance of being malignant (cancer). The only way to know for sure is by biopsy - "if tumor is the rumor, tissue is the issue". Talk to ur doctor soon. Good lu ...Read more
What do you recommend if I have a lot of nodules in both my lung the largest one is 13 mm, should I have in removed?
I have been diagnosed with Atelectasis and now have several nodules in my lungs. Can this be asbestos? I served in the navy as a boiler technician and
Good question: it sounds like you have had a medical evaluation and some studies to look at your lungs. unfortunately, it is not possible to know everything about lung nodules from xrays or cat scans, even though one can tell if they are growing or changing in any way. Hope for the best and continue to follow up with your doctors. If anything becomes suspicious, they may offer a biopsy to be sure. ...Read more
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 more
Solid mass in lung: A lung nodule is a soft tissue mass that is located somewhere within the lung itself. It can be a benign or malignant nodule. Following it with ct scans to see if it changes in size is one way to manage them or going directly to biopsy. ...Read more
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
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 more
Not enough space to: There are numerous reasons for nodules. The most concerning would be cancer. Your age alone makes cancer less likely unless you are having many other symptoms (weight loss, night sweats, etc). If they are calcified nodules, the risk for cancer is very low. If they are not calcified, then you should see a lung specialist to see if you need biopsies or not. ...Read more
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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