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Noncalcified Nodule On Lung
I have had chest pain for 5 mos, an 8mm noncalcified nodule on my left lung, swollen left hilar and axillary lymph nodes and CRP is 12.4. Sarcoidosis?
Mgt/workup: This is in the differential of possible causes, and a biopsy may be performed so that your physician will have more information, before making a diagnosis. ...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
Noncalcified 6mm upper lung nodule. Stayed that way for 3 years. 4th year it grew to 8.4mm. 5th year is 1.2cm. Could this be slow growing cancer?
Lung nodules are checked every 6 months for 2 years. If they don't change in size, they are considered stable, and annual cxr is in order.
If it grows, it could be malignant. 6 mm to 1.2 cm is a lot of change, so see your primary care doctor for a pulmonary consultation. ...Read more
What percentage is a 5.6mm noncalcified lung nodule is cancerous. Non smoker work in construction. Doctor didn’t think follow up was needed just worry?
Less than: 1-2% (ACR Lung-RADS classification) if it has benign features and you are not at increased risk. ...Read more
(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
Ct showed 5.6mm noncalcified lung nodule. Are noncalcified or calcified nodules more likely to be cancerous. 43 nonsmoker. Should I do follow up ct?
Hard to say,,: It's hard to say if a non-calcified lung nodule is more likely to be cancerous. I don't know if a study like that was done. Having said this, there are diseases like tuberculosis that produce calcified lung nodules, and other various cancers that can do it as well. The best course here would be to get follow up visits and other lab tests that could rule out cancer from your doctor. Good luck. ...Read more
Lung nodule: Lung nodule is defined as a small round or oval shaped spot in the lung, ...Read more
No, almost NEVER: A 5 mm lung nodule, even in a high risk person (heavy long time smoker) has a (much) less than 1% chance of being cancer as opposed to a benign scar or 'granuloma'. Nobody should be doing surgery to remove a 5 mm nodule except in the rarest of circumstances, too complicated to discuss in 400 characters. ...Read more
If you have a single nodule in each lung are they considered separated solitary nodules or multiple nodules?
Multiple nodules: Solitary nodules appear only in 1 lung. A single nodule could have multiple causes (infection, lymph node, cancer, others). However, 1 nodule in each lung would constitute an unusual finding. It deserves investigation, as both have a greater chance of being malignant (cancer). The only way to know for sure is by biopsy - "if tumor is the rumor, tissue is the issue". Talk to ur doctor soon. Good lu ...Read more
What do you recommend if I have a lot of nodules in both my lung the largest one is 13 mm, should I have in removed?
I have been diagnosed with Atelectasis and now have several nodules in my lungs. Can this be asbestos? I served in the navy as a boiler technician and
Good question: It sounds like you have had a medical evaluation and some studies to look at your lungs. Unfortunately, it is not possible to know everything about lung nodules from xrays or cat scans, even though one can tell if they are growing or changing in any way. Hope for the best and continue to follow up with your doctors. If anything becomes suspicious, they may offer a biopsy to be sure. ...Read more
The radiologist is: Not sure what to make of this small nodule. If it was to be calcified then it would be one thing. For example an old residual of infection. This is not calcified. This opens up many other possibilities. An old infection is still a consideration. It depends on where it is in the lung, how many and do you have an old study. It may be worthwhile waiting a short period and repeat the ct to check it ...Read more
Cyst? Cancer?: You are a young woman very unlikely to have cancer but still a slight risk, but high risk if smoke, do you smoke?? if so stop now before too late, your health will come back, if not great. Get a pulmonologist to review your cat scan or whatever found this nodule, needs to be found out. Pray it is ok ...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 possibilities: This is a "spot" in the lung where there's a concentration of solid tissue. The spot may represent a focus of past or present immune activity against a particular germ such as TB or histoplasmosis, or a growth of some type. Most turn out to be harmless, but listen carefully to your doctor (s) re the best and safest way to evaluate the nodule. ...Read more
Possibly: A 1.5 cm spiculated lung nodule should be further evaluated, especially if the patient is a current / former smoker. Pet scan study might help to determine the metabolic activity of the lesion (higher suv more likely to be a malignancy while lower suv more likely to be benign / reactive). Biopsy may also be indicated. Close radiologic and clinical follow up at very minimum. ...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
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