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

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Dr. Eric M. Toloza
Thoracic Surgery
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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 ...;
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If someone smoked 30 years ago and now has a lung nodule should it be removed asap?

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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care
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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.
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Is it better to be safe than sorry,when one has a lung nodule 1.4 2.7 suv and get it removed or wait and perhaps cause more problems.Surgery seems so?

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Dr. Nathaniel Evans III
Thoracic Surgery
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It depends


It depends on the patients medical history, smoking history, whether or not the nodule has grown over time, and what exactly it looks like. The patient's peace of mind is a factor as well. If a patient feels strongly that he would like a lung nodule removed that should factor into the equation also.
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What is a lung nodule?

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Dr. Brian Mott
Thoracic Surgery
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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.
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What is a lung nodule?

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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.
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Dr. Rada Ivanov
Pulmonary Critical Care
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A spot on the lungs, smaller than 3 cm (otherwise it is called a mass), seen on CXR and/or CT chest, which should not be there. May be due to anything from scar tissue through infection or autoimmune disease, to cancer. Consult a pulmonologist if you have one.
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Your body needs more; Than breathe in your lungs alone; Free your belly, now.

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What are the tests for lung nodule?

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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Critical Care
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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.
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Is a 1.4 lung nodule classed as small?

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Dr. Robert S. Binford
Thoracic Surgery
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Depends


A lung nodule is a lesion in the lung less than 3 cm in diameter. A larger lesion is often called a mass. Typically a lesion needs to be at least 1 cm before it can be seen. CT scans can identify much smaller lesions. 60% of nodules are benign but that number is higher in non smokers. Depending on the location of the nodule most can be biopsies with needles or minimally invasive scope (VATS)
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What is a 7 mm noncalcified lung nodule?

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Dr. Creighton B. Wright
General Surgery
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Unknowable


There are a lot of possibilities. It is a density in the lung identified on an X-ray or CT For a small nodule CT scan follow up at 3-4 months early on can document any growth or change. If enlarging-REMOVE. If calcifying it is likely benign and needs nothing done. In the Midwest histoplasmosis can be the cause of single or multiple such findings
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Dr. Pasala S. Ravichandran
Thoracic Surgery
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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
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Can a lung nodule be caused by sinusitis?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology
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No


Sinusitis is not typically related to lung nodules.

Lung nodule found, what is the next step?

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Dr. Matthew E. Hennig
Thoracic Surgery
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A CT scan would be needed and depending on that result, more tests would possibly be ordered. The size, other abnormalities that may be present, your smoking history, and overall condition can help guide what's next. This may include anything from a PET scan to needle biopsy to surgery. Seeing a thoracic specialist can help sort through where to go next.
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Dr. Douglas Arenberg
Critical Care
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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.
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