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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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Dx lung nodules now have chest pain (heart checked out ok). Pain gets more severe w deep breaths or cough, ideas? Could this be serious? Easily winded

Dr. Liawaty Ho Dr. Ho
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Dx lung nodules now have chest pain (heart checked out ok). Pain gets more severe w deep breaths or cough, ideas? Could this be serious? Easily winded

Pleurisy: It sounds to me like you have pleuritic pain. Any irritation to the pleura- which is the lining outside the lung would cause such kind of pain. That could be caused by different things including inflammation, infection (viral/bacterial), autoimmune disease, etc. With the lung nodules and now with pleuritic pain- definitely I would advise you to go back to see your pmd- for further eval ...Read more

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Have lung nodules that are growing &massive chest pain (heart is fine) could this be a pleural effusion? Should I be worried? Worse when I breathe deeply

Have lung nodules that are growing &massive chest pain (heart is fine) could this be a pleural effusion? Should I be worried? Worse when I breathe deeply

Yes, go to the DR.: Yes, that does not sound good, you need to be seen right away. You could have a pleural effusion, but that does not explain the nodules. I assume you had a chest x-ray? Someone sent you in for that, right? ....Better go back and get fully evaluated. ...Read more

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6mm nodule left lung base pleural surface and faint 6mm nodule on left lower sub pleural lobe found from CT. Enlarged heart found on right side. Also very slight alveolitis found in right upper lobe.?

Nodule: A 6mm nodule is a relatively common finding. Many times these are benign resulting from old infections or exposures. It becomes more worrisome in a smoker, and regardless should have a follow up cat scan in 3-6 months. ...Read more

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What could an isolated systolic high blood pressure 155max mean in a young adult healthy high hdl low ldl level no family history nor heart condition, rhr 48-50 no symp, bmi of 22, low salt intake. Only a nodule on lung but harmless?

What could an isolated systolic high blood pressure 155max mean in a young adult healthy high hdl low ldl level no family history nor heart condition, rhr 48-50 no symp, bmi of 22, low salt intake. Only a nodule on lung but harmless?

Isolated finding: Maybe measured with too small a cuff. All the other data you mentioned looked OK. Stop obsessing over single numbers! One has to look at findings in a context. You can make a virtual appt and we can discuss in more detail if you want to. ...Read more

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Chest pain for weeks following infection. All tests normal except some nodules <7mm. Did chest CT look at heart already, or need a separate test?

Chest pain for weeks following infection. All tests normal except some nodules <7mm. Did chest CT look at heart already, or need a separate test?

The heart: Is included in the chest CT but the only information of any use is CORONARY CALCIFICATIONS (VERY UNLIKELY at your age!) The chest pain remains unexpla1ned and probably NOT related to your infection EXCEPT. ..COUGHING. And pulling some INTERCOSTAL muscles...very common in upper respiratory viral infections...this would not "show" on CT scans! Hope this helps!
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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?

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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What is the difference between lung nodule and lung fibrosis?

What is the difference between lung nodule and lung fibrosis?

Differentterminology: Nodule is growth which could be benign or malignant. Fibrosis is hardening of lung tissue. ...Read more

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I have a 4mm lung nodule on my right lung 2 on my left could it be cancer?

Maybe....: ...maybe not. If they are all less than 5-6 mm, there is usually not a whole lot to do other than observation and follow up. PET scans are usually not too sensitive for very tiny nodules. I would defer, however, to the judgement of your physician who knows your situation better and can determine if there is anything else to do now. If you smoke, please stop. Best to you. ...Read more

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Can a few lung nodule disappear / cannot see in cxr over a year if you undergo treatment or something?

Can a few lung nodule disappear / cannot see in cxr over a year if you undergo treatment or something?

Yes: "lung nodule/s" is a radiographic finding and not a diagnosis. The presence of nodules does not indicate cancer and the vast majority of nodule are in fact benign (not cancer). They can be inflammation, infection, scar, and numerous other possibilities. As such, yes, many nodules to shrink, "resolve", and/or disappear. ...Read more

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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

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I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for lung nodule?

I try to avoid toxic drugs and treatments. What can I try before I go for traditional medical care for lung nodule?

Nothing: 50% of lung nodules may be neoplastic. The only way to establish tissue diagnosis of a non calcified lung nodule is to remove it, and give it to a pathologist to examine under a microscope. The diagnosis of cancer is done under the microscope by a pathologist. Needle biopsy will miss the diagnosis of cancer in a large percent of biopsies. So a negative needle biopsy does not rule out cancer. ...Read more

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I have a lung nodule in which the center is calcified in a bean shape within a round shadow, could it be malignant?

Likely benign: Probably granuloma
but should be followed with x-ray or ct.
Obtain any old films for tracking purposes. ...Read more

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Had a second opinion by a pulmonologist, who told me that I should not worry about a 2cm calcified lung nodule, is this a safe approach?

Pulmonary nodules: If the nodule has not changed over time, less than 3cm no smoking or previous history of malignancy, age less than 35 it is likely a benign process. ...Read more

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Found 6mm lung nodule radiologist says no follow up if non smoker I've never smoked but work as plumber don't want to ignore this please advise?

Found 6mm lung nodule radiologist says no follow up if non smoker I've never smoked but work as plumber don't want to ignore this please advise?

F/up CT 1yr: This is a difficult request to provide an answer in this format. Subcentimeter nodules are rarely malignant. It is suggest that nodules of 4-6mm in size have a 0.8% risk of being malignant in one study to up to a 5% risk in another series.
Risk factors, e.g. smoking, etc may alter the risk. It is generally felt that it would be wise to perform a follow-up CT scan in 1 year with a nodule 4-6mm. ...Read more

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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

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I'm having pain near my lung, chest, back & spiiting up blood. I've been really tired with hardly any sleep the past few days. Have a lung nodule?

Get seen now: Hemoptysis is reason enough. This can be any of dozens of potentially deadly but treatable things from TB to Goospasture's to cancer ...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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Is a 1.4 lung nodule classed as small?

Is a 1.4 lung nodule classed as small?

1 cm nodule: Any nodule is abnormal. Nodules greater than a centimeter are considered pathological and worrisome. Certain radiological characteristics make some nodules more serious than others. Other tests like pet scans can help in differentiating malignant nodules from benign ones. ...Read more

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