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7 yr s of unexpland body pain rashes misscarraiges fatigue lung nodules. Now for 6 mos strait hip shoulder + chest pain. And a + ANA lab. Lupus?

7 yr s of unexpland body pain rashes misscarraiges fatigue lung nodules. Now for 6 mos strait hip shoulder + chest pain. And a + ANA lab. Lupus?

Maybe: Lupus is a complex autoimmune disease in which the body is attacking its own tissue. Lupus is famous for affecting different people in different ways. The effects can be so different from person to person that it does not even look like they have the same diagnosis. ANA is only a screening test that tells us more tests are needed. See a rheumatologist! ...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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Lung nodules 7 mm are they a concern?

Lung nodules 7 mm are they a concern?

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

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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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Can small lung nodules be cancerous?

Can small lung nodules be cancerous?

Yes: Cancers do start out as small lesions/nodules. ...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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Will a 6mm lung nodule show up on a pet scan?

Will a 6mm lung nodule show up on a pet scan?

Maybe: Lung nodules smaller than 10 mm (3/8 inch) can be falsely negative on pet because of limitations of the technology. That means the uptake on the scan is not high enough to be suspicious even though the nodule is actually worrisome. However, some small nodules have enough uptake despite their small size. The pet is not a bad idea for a 6 mm nodule, and if positive, means aggressive evaluation. ...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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Can a biopsy be taken of a calcified lung nodule?

Can a biopsy be taken of a calcified lung nodule?

Yes, but: Calcification of a lung nodule frequently indicates that it is benign in nature. It is the noncalcified nodules that are most concerning for lung cancer. And thus the noncalcified nodules that more frequently meet criteria that prompts biopsy of the nodule. Appropriate treatment of lung nodules is best done at facilities with experience ...Read more

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What are the odds that a lung nodule is cancer?

What are the odds that a lung nodule is cancer?

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

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Ir lung nodules are not cancer, what exactly are they?

Ir lung nodules are not cancer, what exactly are they?

Many things: Some are from trapped tissues from old infections such as pneumonia, some are old granuloma or set in inflammation that has died down (like a chalazion in the eyelids, or old scars. ...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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My father was diagnosed with lung nodule. Should I be worried for him?

My father was diagnosed with lung nodule. Should I be worried for him?

Needs investigation: Lung nodule needs to be investigated to ascertain the underlying pathology. It may a residua of an old infection, an easily treatable infection or lung cancer. Worrying would not address the issue. Your father should see an internist or a pulmonary specialist. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the odds that a 2cmx3cm lung nodule is cancer?

I was wondering what are the odds that a 2cmx3cm lung nodule is cancer?

Tissue biopsy: At least 50% if non smoker over that if smoker. Need to perform excisional or incisional biopsy and cultures for the pathologist to determine what is it. ...Read more

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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

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What is the difference between lung nodule on pleural surface vs subpleural?

What is the difference between lung nodule on pleural surface vs subpleural?

Pleural/subpleural: A pleura is a serous membrane which folds back onto itself to form a two-layered membrane structure. The thin space between the two pleural layers is known as the pleural cavity and normally contains a small amount of pleural fluid. The outer pleura (parietal pleura) is attached to the chest wall. The inner pleura (visceral pleura) covers the lungs and adjoining structures. The subpleura is below it ...Read more

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How long can a person with a 1.4 lung nodule live with and without treatment?

How long can a person with a 1.4 lung nodule live with and without treatment?

Depends: Depends on what caused the lung nodule. Even among cancers, there are different types with different prognosis. If it is lung cancer and you don't treat it, generally you will die from it but your life expectancy may vary greatly depending on the type and spread - from months to 5+ years. If it has not spread and you take it out, you have a good chance of being cured. ...Read more

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I have a 2 CM calcified lung nodule as per my last x ray, should I be worried?

Depends: The pattern of calcification is important. Lamellar, popcorn, central, and diffuse homogenous calcification are usually benign. Anything else that size is very suspicious. ...Read more

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If your suv number is 2 and CEA a 5.6 does that mean lung nodules are cancerous?

If your suv number is 2 and CEA a 5.6 does that mean lung nodules are cancerous?

Maybe: A standard uptake value of more than 2.5 would be more worrisome, and a blood CEA of 5.6 can simply mean that you smoke. Regardless of these results, you are going to get the nodule (s) biopsied; especially if they are multiple, the result may be something treatable that is low on the list of entities that you may already have considered. Good luck & stay proactive; there are lots of new rx's here. ...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 is a t.Surgeon waiting for when he suggests wait and see. Lung nodule 1.4 2.7 suv?

Watching for change: The suv is a measure of how metabolically active the nodule is. While there is some overlap between benign/ malignant nodules, a cutoff of suv 2.5 is used for nodules over 1 cm in size. Based on borderline suv and perhaps the ct appearance of the nodule the tests may not reliably tell if benign or not. Short term follow up can show if it grows. If it does grow, that becomes more worrisome. ...Read more

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If I have multiple lung nodules and pleurisy, does that mean the nodules are cancerous?

If I have multiple lung nodules and pleurisy, does that mean the nodules are cancerous?

LungNodules/Pleurisy: Not all lung nodules are cancerous. May need biopsy to be certain. Pleurisy is inflammation of the linings of the lungs which causes chest pain on deep inhalation. Can be due to several diseases including pneumonia, pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lungs), lung cancer, pleural effusion (fluid in lungs). May need to see pulmonologist (lung doctor specialist). ...Read more

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Xray showed multiple lung nodules - can they be treated and what can be done about them?

Varies: Need diagnostic testing and probably surgical biopsy.
There are benign conditions like histoplasmosis, that can be diagnosed and have a good prognosis.
Primary or secondary malignancies at multiple locations have a bad outlook! ...Read more

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I have 4 spiculated lung nodules they are all about 2cm what are the chances of malignancy?

I have 4 spiculated lung nodules they are all about 2cm what are the chances of malignancy?

Could be high or low: Depending on their size, other tests that might be next (pet scan), your history and whether you smoked tobacco. It's good to see someone who specializes in evaluating lung nodules. Multiple nodules (of the sort you describe) are often benign, as solid tumors tend to be "lone", but rules of thumb are just that. Its best to see your doctor. ...Read more

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Multiple ground glass lung nodules f/u.dr says without contrast. Is the correct way to f/u?

Multiple ground glass lung nodules f/u.dr says without contrast. Is the correct way to f/u?

Mgt: I would suggest a virtual consult to review the images and/or report. The risk factors for malignancy and infection should be reviewed with a physician to determine the next step in your management. ...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 you tell me if a person has a history of cancer and has lung nodules, could these nodules be cancerous?

Can you tell me if a person has a history of cancer and has lung nodules, could these nodules be cancerous?

Yes: If you have a history of cancer, and there are lung nodules found, they must - at the very least - be followed very closely with multiple ct scans.

They can definitely be cancerous. Now, having said that, they may just be scars or temporary infections, etc. But, you have to follow them closely.

Good luck! ...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