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What is a lung nodule?

What is a lung nodule?

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

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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What is a lung nodule?

What is a lung nodule?

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

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What are lung nodules?

What are lung nodules?

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

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Can benign lung nodules grow?

Can benign lung nodules grow?

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

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What are the tests for lung nodule?

What are the tests for lung nodule?

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

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Can you tell me about lung nodules?

Can you tell me about lung nodules?

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

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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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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

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What is a 7 mm noncalcified lung nodule?

What is a 7 mm noncalcified lung nodule?

Anything: It means there is a little mass in your lung. It could be anything. If you are smoker it could be cancer. If you are not there are multiple other causes. You will need repeat ct scan to see whether there is any increase in size. ...Read more

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Lung nodule found, what is the next step?

Lung nodule found, what is the next step?

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

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What could cause a lung nodule to thicken?

What could cause a lung nodule to thicken?

Growth: If a lung nodule thickens, that means it is growing. Whether this is cancer, infection or anything else, you need to find out. ...Read more

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Why would a lung nodule grow from 5mm to 9mm?

Would get checked: A lung nodule is not cancer per se, but it is unusual for a noncancerous nodule to grow. In the setting of smoking, this would be worrisome and require further evaluation. ...Read more

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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 does a lung nodule indicate? How is it treated?

What does a lung nodule indicate? How is it treated?

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

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What causes lung nodules? Can you share some sources?

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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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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What is the definition or description of: Lung nodule?

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

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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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What do you recommend if I have a 13 mm lung nodule, is that big?

What do you recommend if I have a 13 mm lung nodule, is that big?

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

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Going for followup 2mrow. Worried abut mu lung nodule. Scared too, . .

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

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Is this a good sign, round lung nodule 1.4 2.7 hasn't grown since feb?

Is this a good sign, round lung nodule 1.4 2.7 hasn't grown since feb?

Good sign: A nodule that hasn't grown over that period of time is unlikely to be a cancer. ...Read more

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What is the recovery process like after having a benign lung nodule removed?

Depends: If thoracoscopic wedge resection, usually 1 or 2 nights in hospital, and 1-2 weeks at home. .. If thoracotomy and/or lobectomy, then up to a week in the hospital and several weeks to a few months at home. ..;. ...Read more

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If someone smoked 30 years ago and now has a lung nodule should it be removed asap?

If someone smoked 30 years ago and now has a lung nodule should it be removed asap?

See below: Please refer to our previous exchange and just go ahead and have it removed for your piece of mind, and if it turns out to be cancer, it may be curative as well. ...Read more

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Hi Dr. I am 34 years old male, non smoker I took chest radiograph before 2 weeks I found that I have lung nodule 6*6mm In my left lung, thanks?

Hi Dr. I am 34 years old male, non smoker I took chest radiograph before 2 weeks I found that I have lung nodule 6*6mm In my left lung, thanks?

CT follow-up: Get a CT scan if not done yet. Isolated lung nodule of 6.6 mm is too small to be detected by PET-CT, and also too small to biopsy at this time. Your risk for primary lung cancer is relatively low given your young age and nonsmoker status. But I suggest you to see a lung doctor for opinion and CT follow-up. In addition, what did your MRI abd show? ...Read more

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What percentage is a 6mm lung nodule of being cancerous I’m 43 non smoker no drugs internet says 40 percent are cancerous just worried it could be?

What percentage is a 6mm lung nodule of being cancerous I’m 43 non smoker no drugs internet says 40 percent are cancerous just worried it could be?

If you: Are not at increased risk, and the nodule has benign CT features, then the chance of malignancy is less than 1-2%. This is from the ACR's Lung-RADS classification system. 40% is simply not correct. ...Read more

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Does non calcification lung nodules be cancer?

Does non calcification lung nodules be cancer?

Could be: A lung nodule may be primary or metastatic lung cancer. A calcified nodule is more likely to be old granuloma. ...Read more

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Calcified lung nodules?

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

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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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Can benign lung nodules cause problems in the lung?

Yes: Benign means whatever is causing the nodule will not spread. However, the nodule can grow in size, impinge on, or erode into nearby structures and cause symptoms. ...Read more

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Can lung nodules be caused by exposure to asbestos?

Can lung nodules be caused by exposure to asbestos?

Asbestos & plaques: Exposure to asbestos can commonly cause pleural plaques (nodules in the lining of the lung). Cancer of this lining (mesothelioma) is also associated with asbestos exposure (less common than pleural plaques). ...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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Do you believe that absestos can cause a lung nodule?

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Do you believe that absestos can cause a lung nodule?

Yes: Is the short answer. Asbestos can cause several different changes to the chest and lung fields. Pulmonary nodules are just one example. Pleural disease including plaques and calcification as well as mesothelioma are side affects of asbestos. Lung cancer is also a problem. Don't ignore this nodule. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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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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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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What does negative result mean regarding small lung nodules?

Too little info: What was "negative"? Did they biopsy it? Was it a pet scan, was it negative for serial growth on cxr? Ct scan? Negative is not descriptive enough. Give me more information and I will answer your concerns. Most nodules are not cancer. ...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