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Doctor insights on: Nodule In Lower Right Lung Lobe

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I have a 4mm nodule in my right lower lung lobe. Doctors suspect its benign. Risk outweighs benefits to aspirate it out. Do nodules hurt? I feel pain

I have a 4mm nodule in my right lower lung lobe. Doctors suspect its benign. Risk outweighs benefits to aspirate it out. Do nodules hurt? I feel pain

No: The short answer is no, lung nodules are in areas of the body which do not have pain receptors. A nodule that involves the pleura (lining or edge) of the lung might present with pain if large enough and if it grows through the parietal pleura (lining of the chest wall) but a 4mm lung nodule would not be painful. ...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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2.5mm nodule grew to 8mm in upper right lung lobe in 3 years should I be worried?

2.5mm nodule grew to 8mm in upper right lung lobe in 3 years should I be worried?

See your physician.: A lung nodule that is increasing in size is always a cause of concern. Please see your physician to have this properly evaluated. It may require a biopsy to definitivly determine whether it is cancerous or benign. Best wishes. ...Read more

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What is the recovery period of a right lung lobe resection due to emphysema?

What is the recovery period of a right lung lobe resection due to emphysema?

Recovery: The recovery time depends on the technical difficulty of the surgery, any complications, and your personal reserve and rate of healing. Your doctor will able to provide more specific information. ...Read more

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My husband had a CT scan of his chest 3 times, all the times it showed something but this time it showed an existing nodule in the right lung and a new nodule measuring 4 mm in the right upper lobe. The left lower has hazy markings. My husband is a former

My husband had a CT scan of his chest 3 times, all the times it showed something but this time it showed an existing nodule in the right lung and a new nodule measuring 4 mm in the right upper lobe. The left lower has hazy markings. My husband is a former

Need evaluation: He would need further evaluation. The fact that he is a former smoker, still gives him significant risk for lung cancer. I don't know the size of the 1st nodule- if possible, a core biopsy should be done to rule out malignancy. A pet scan also needs to be done if not been done in the past- although however, negative finding on the 2nd nodule will not rule out cancer completely due to its size. ...Read more

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I have just been diagnosed with a Lung Nodule. It is in Right lung btween upper two lobes. My father died from Squamous Cell. Should it be watched 6 m?

I have just been diagnosed with a Lung Nodule. It is in Right lung btween upper two lobes. My father died from Squamous Cell. Should it be watched 6 m?

Lung nodules: Are very common and fortunately most of the time are benign. Some need to be watched and other do not. Certain characteristics such as the size, morphology and your smoking history dictate the necessity and timing of follow up imaging studies. More information is needed to properly answer your question :) ...Read more

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CT scan to assess my heart calcium scores revealed 2 nodules (6mm and 4 mm) in my right lung upper lobe. No wt. Loss & asymptomatic. What to do?

CT scan to assess my heart calcium scores revealed 2 nodules (6mm and 4 mm) in my right lung upper lobe. No wt. Loss & asymptomatic. What to do?

Mgt.: I would suggest obtaining the images from the scan and reviewing them with your physician. Risk factors for lung cancer such as smoking history, family history, and appearance of the nodules. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed 11mm spiculated lesion in upper zone of left lower lung lobe. Am non smoker, never smoke but have asthma was hospitalised for bronchitis?

Ct scan showed 11mm spiculated lesion in upper zone of left lower lung lobe. Am non smoker, never smoke but have asthma was hospitalised for bronchitis?

Spiculated lung: Spiculated lung lesion >1cm should be evaluated. Recommend to see a lung doctor first. Statistics shows an increase in lung cancer in woman, non-smokers in recent years. Therefore, it is prudent to have this evaluated soon. ...Read more

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Lung CT report reads " 3 x 4mm well circumscribed slightly spiculated nodule in lower right lobe. Because of margins 6 month CT scan suggested" Had right lobe pneumonia at the time. Does this sound like cancer? Should she wait the 6 months?

Lung CT report reads " 3 x 4mm well circumscribed slightly spiculated nodule in lower right lobe. Because of margins 6 month CT scan suggested" Had right lobe pneumonia at the time. Does this sound like cancer? Should she wait the 6 months?

Need more informatio: The background History is very important for the doctors to do any diagnostic testing. So tell us why you had the CT scan done in the first place?
Your age is against the diagnosis of Lung Cancer. Tell us if you smoke? If so how much?
Unless you have some lung symptoms, I would not be too concerned right now. A repeat CT scan in 6 months is appropriate unless you are too anxious waiting (? 4 months ...Read more

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9mm lung nodule found lower lobe on abdomininal scan. Follow up scan 6 months later nodule grew to 1.5 cm. PET scan no uptake former smoker 15 yrs ago?

Needs Biopsy: Follow the treating Physician's advise. With rapid increase in 6 months; getting tisuue Dx is always very helpful. Other wise you will be worried all the time until another Imaging study is done. Excision Bx is the way to go (removing the nodule) ...Read more

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(36 and smoker)What could 3 noncalcified lung nodules sizes 6mm- 4mm left lower lobe be? Found on ct, what would be next step to identify cause?

(36 and smoker)What could 3 noncalcified lung nodules sizes 6mm- 4mm left lower lobe be? Found on ct, what would be next step to identify cause?

Many possibilities.: Noncalcified lung nodules are worrisome, especially if you are a smoker (as you have), & more so if you are a "heavy" smoker (based on number of packs per day, & no of yrs that you've smoked). A nodule could be scar tissue, or the effects of an infection or radiation; however, most worrisome, of course, is lung cancer. To identify cause, next step is usually bronchoscopy (scope to look) & biopsy. ...Read more

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I have a 4x3mm sub plural nodule lower right lobe w/family history of lung and colon cancer. Should I get further testing?

What were you told?: These little nodules are extremely common especially in areas where histoplasmosis is endemic, like my home in Kansas. If you look hard enough, probably a majority of folks have them. Unless your radiologist recommends an attempt at a biopsy, I'd forget about it or as maximum monitor it by imaging. There's really no test except biospy; and it's too small to hit easily with a needle. ...Read more

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Hello I have been diagnosed with a small module on my left lower lung. A low density lesion on my liver and a 6mm nodule on my right thyroid lobe.?

Hello I have been diagnosed with a small module on my left lower lung. A low density lesion on my liver and a 6mm nodule on my right thyroid lobe.?

See below: Such multiple findings as you describe are not uncommon on various imaging studies such as CT scans of the chest, abdomen, pelvis that include the thyroid, lung, liver, and kidneys where small sub-centimeter (<10 mm) nodules are commonly noted which are most often benign and clinically insignificant but which often deserve a follow-up study in 6-12 months. You should discuss this with your doctor. ...Read more

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Questionable right lower lobe lung nodule vs end on vessel a followup x-ray is recomended in 3 month to reassess. No acute anatomic finding. Any wrong?

Questionable right lower lobe lung nodule vs end on vessel a followup x-ray is recomended in 3 month to reassess. No acute anatomic finding. Any wrong?

Unclear: The lauded radiologist, whoever it was that issued the report, is uncertain as to whether a nodule was found in the lung, or if there was a confounding shadow from a vessel. That is why he/she recommends a repeat of the exam (X-ray) in 3 months. A malignant nodule would get bigger. A stable appearance suggests a benign anomaly or artifact. Without seeing the actual film, nothing more can be said. ...Read more

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What is a dense 8mm left lower nodule of the lung? Dense nodular opacity in the left lower lobe is likely a calcified granuloma. What does that mean to me?

What is a dense 8mm left lower nodule of the lung? Dense nodular opacity in the left lower lobe is likely a calcified granuloma. What does that mean to me?

It means: This is likely a benign incidental finding of no concern, a small calcified remnant of a remote inflammatory process. ...Read more

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Pleural bassed nodule at posterior aspect os mid cephalad right lower lobe of lung 7 x 4 mm. Also linear atelectasis within right midlung. Age 73?

Pleural bassed nodule at posterior aspect os mid cephalad right lower lobe of lung 7 x 4 mm. Also linear atelectasis within right midlung. Age 73?

Follow up of nodule: The linear atelectasis is nothing to worry about. The pleural based nodule sounds like a potentially benign nodule. Surveillance of a nodule of this size, however, is frequently recommended, particularly if you have a smoking history. Please sure to talk to your doctor for the appropriate steps. ...Read more

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Two lung nodules upper right lobe 5 and 2 one nodule lower left lobe 3 mm. All uncalcified. Colonoscopy endoscopy brain MRI normal. What are theseim26?

Two lung nodules upper right lobe 5 and 2 one nodule lower left lobe 3 mm. All uncalcified. Colonoscopy endoscopy brain MRI normal. What are theseim26?

R u smoker?: The absolute diagnosis of pulmonary nodules is done by a pathologist under microscopic examination. Otherwise speculative. Cat scan or pet scans are not microscopic examinations by a pathologist. If nodules become calcified most likely grannulomas. Carcinomas and grannulomas look alike early on. Close periodic f/u versus early excissional bx advised. Needle bx not DX unless cancer diagnosed. ...Read more

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What does "left lung lower lobe shows a subcm parenchymal nodule with mild tracer update (SUV max 1. 8)" mean when doing a whole body PET CT?

What does "left lung lower lobe shows a subcm parenchymal nodule with mild tracer update (SUV max 1. 8)" mean when doing a whole body PET CT?

Means...: ...you should probably have a follow-up study to better characterize the lung nodule. Of course, the nodule may be consistent with the reason you underwent a total body PET/CT. ...Read more

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2mm lung nodule lower left lobe - unrelated CT found it - on 1yr fu it's now 4mm. Any reason other than cancer it would grow? I just quit smoking.

2mm lung nodule lower left lobe - unrelated CT found it - on 1yr fu it's now 4mm. Any reason other than cancer it would grow? I just quit smoking.

Benign possibilities: There are many benign causes of a solitary pulmonary nodule. However, with a smoking history, you probably ought to have it biopsied, if possible, or even removed. This is to be certain that this isn't due to an early malignancy whose removal would likely be curative. Kudos to you for smoking cessation; keep up the good work. Good luck! See a cardiothoracic surgeon for evaluation. ...Read more

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I had breast cancer a year ago and had a right mastecnomy. Now they have found pleural nodules in right and left lower lobes 5mm, 4, 8mm, 2, 4mm, 4.5mm should I be worried about lung cancer.?

I had breast cancer a year ago and had a right mastecnomy. Now they have found pleural nodules in right and left lower lobes 5mm, 4, 8mm, 2, 4mm, 4.5mm should I be worried about lung cancer.?

While these are: Quite tiny, this appears ominous. It would help to know the facts at dx: tumor size, nodal status; er, pr, her-2-neu status. These would influence probabilities. Some treatment, particularly taxanes, can cause pulmonary findings. Go over this with you team, primarily medical oncologist. ...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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Is a 3 mm slightly spiculated lung nodule on ct in lower lobe likely cancer? 60 years old- hx of early breast cancer. Had right pneumonia at the time

Is a 3 mm slightly spiculated lung nodule on ct in lower lobe likely cancer? 60 years old- hx of early breast cancer. Had right pneumonia at the time

Pretty worrisome: From your description. Address your concerns with your health care provider who has your history available. If you are not satisfied, ask for referral to a specialist (pulmonologist.) ...Read more

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My lung xray showed " a slightly dominant nodular debsity in the lower left lobe. Close study reccomended in a few weeks. Then it stated " no acute cardiopulmonary disease noted". What is that?

My lung xray showed " a slightly dominant nodular debsity in the lower left lobe. Close study reccomended in a few weeks. Then it stated " no acute cardiopulmonary disease noted". What is that?

Heart ok: Cardiopulmonary disease refers to heart and lungs. Seems peculiar to say that nothing wrong with heart and lungs when he says there is a nodular density. Acute refers to something that happened recently. Hope they find that nodule is not to worry. Best wishes ...Read more

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CT scan of my lungs showed patchy, nodular infiltrate lower left and right lobes today the report stated there was interval resolution, what is IR?

CT scan of my lungs showed patchy, nodular infiltrate lower left and right lobes today the report stated there was interval resolution, what is IR?

Resolved issue.: His generally would mean that the findings in the first CT were no longer identified in the second CT. We would presume, then, that the medical issue that causes the issue found in that first CT is improved or treated. ...Read more

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Doctor says that the lower lobe of my right lung is damaged and it is the cause for the blood in sputum. Is this a good diagnosis?

Doctor says that the lower lobe of my right lung is damaged and it is the cause for the blood in sputum. Is this a good diagnosis?

No: It is important to find out the cause for blood in the sputum, especially is it is a repeated problem. The possible causes can be mild and once-only (certain viruses) but can also be an important sign of serious disease. Often a chest ct scan or other tests are needed to figure out the cause. If you are told it is due to "lung damage", find out what they mean and why it happened. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed that I have a 6cm spot/growth on the lower lobe of my right lung. Healthy 40yr old non-smoke fem. Is that large? How common is this?

Ct scan showed that I have a 6cm spot/growth on the lower lobe of my right lung. Healthy 40yr old non-smoke fem. Is that large? How common is this?

6cm=big; 6mm=small: Sometimes people have a 6 mm spot (about 1/4 of an inch wide) but mistakenly remember it as a 6 CM mass (about 2-1/4 inches wide). A mass 6 centimeters (cm) wide is pretty big (a tennis ball is about 6-1/2 cm) and is usually not called a "spot". The doctor who ordered the ct can review the results to confirm whether the finding is a little 6 millimeter (mm) spot or a bigger mass. ...Read more

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A very faint subpleural nodular density in the left lower lobe posterolaterally noted on CT Scan along with minor nodularity to posterior lung bases?

A very faint subpleural nodular density in the left lower lobe posterolaterally noted on CT Scan along with minor nodularity to posterior lung bases?

Do they give a size: For the "subpleural nodular density"? There are a litany of potential causes, from chronic to acute, from inflammatory to neoplastic, from no concern to worrisome. More specific info on the nodule and any relevant clinical history would help narrow it down. ...Read more

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My sister had a uppper rt lung lobectomy last year. ..Has non small cell adeonocarcinoma....Ct scans and pet scans every 3 months...Past 2 recent CT scans plus pet scan are showing an increased pleural based nodular density in the rt lower lobe anteriorly

My sister had a uppper rt lung lobectomy last year. ..Has non small cell adeonocarcinoma....Ct scans and pet scans every 3 months...Past 2 recent CT scans plus pet scan are showing an increased pleural based nodular density in the rt lower lobe anteriorly

Could be recurrence: This needs to be worked up - it could be recurrent cancer, or possibly reactive, especially if radiation therapy was performed.

See the oncologist and ask for specifics about this finding.

Was the pet scan positive in the same area? If so, that raises the concern, but it still could be reactive. ...Read more

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34, non smoker, CT chest scan showd in right lower lobe posterior apical segmnt a probably calicified tiny nodule of non specific origin. Is it cancer?

34, non smoker, CT chest scan showd in right lower lobe posterior apical segmnt a probably calicified tiny nodule of non specific origin. Is it cancer?

Lung nodule: Calcified tiny lung nodule is more likely to be a benign nodule such as granuloma. However, to ensure stability, perhaps a follow up ct scan of chest can be done in the next several months to evaluate the nodule. Discuss further with your doctor. ...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


Lobe (Definition)

1. A rounded projection, especially a rounded, projecting anatomical part. (for example, the lobe of an ear) 2. A subdivision of a bodily organ or part bounded by fissures, connective tissue, or other structural boundaries. (for example, a ...Read more