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Multiple Lung Nodules 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
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
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
Ok so is it just as likely to experience symptoms from a 2.6cm (or smaller) lung nodule as it is from a lung mass?
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
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
How common are lung nodules? Is it common for a nonsmoker to have 3 pulmonary nodules with no current illness symptoms except a cough?
Fairly common: If you took 100 people at random off the street and did a CT scan of their chest, 25 of them would have nodules. Non-smokers can have nodules. Most nodules do no cause any symptoms at all and you would never know they are there unless you had a chest CT for some reason (or abdominal CT and it was picked up on the lower lung fields) ...Read more
Pls advice me what symptoms a lung nodule would normally cause? Mine is 8mm, unrelated to dilated bronchi, would it increase in size if its not cancer?
My post BD test showed small airway obstruction. My dr Rx Advair & treat it asthma. Only symptom is 6-month-long chronic dry cough. Could this be related to lung nodules previously found on CT instead of asthma?
Mgt.: It would be helpful to know the actual percent predicted values on the PFTs report, but from your description you did improve with the bronchodilator. Your physician has prescribed a long acting bronchodilator and anti inflammatory agent. The CT finding of nodules, may be related to a number of conditions, but it would be less usual for asthma. A chest radiograph and follow up may be indicated. ...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
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
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
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
Many pathways: 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
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
Usually nothing: Most people, if you go looking, have lung nodules and most are benign scar-like reactions in the lung, and therefore they don't need to be treated any more than a freckle or mole on your skin needs to be treated. Just like moles, some lung nodules (<4% in high risk people) can be cancer and should be followed to see if they change. ...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
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
Nodule: A lung nodule is a round area that is more solid than normal lung tissue. It is a nonspecific finding and can be benign or malignant. ...Read more
Big enough: A 13 mm lung nodule warrants a pet/ct scan. This will identify things like calcifications seen in benign nodules and will determine if sugar uptake is high as seen in infection or tumor or low indicating scar. Depending on the likelihood of cancer, a ct guided biopsy is possible in most peripheral nodules greater than 9mm. Lung cancer is increasing in nonsmokers, women and the young in u. S. ...Read more
Relax: Sometimes, we as physicians use that word loosely. I did not mean to be lackadaisical. I am sure you are concerned and I am only trying to calm you down. I see you have other conditions being followed by your doctor. Have a good talk with your doctor as to the best way of finding out and options of treatment. Lung cancer is very rare at your age anyhow. ...Read more