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Had ct scan was told have very small nodule on lung not to worry have primary dr. X-ray yearly should I be concerned?

Had ct scan was told have very small nodule on lung not to worry have primary dr. X-ray yearly should I be concerned?

Lung nodule: Depending on the size of the nodule as well as your risk factors, follow up is usually with a repeat CT scan in 6-12 months. ...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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I was at ER tonight due to chest pain from ongoing virus. Ct scan and chest X-ray. Found small nodule in lung. Sent home w/ zpack? Now what do I do?

I was at ER tonight due to chest pain from ongoing virus. Ct scan and chest X-ray. Found small nodule in lung. Sent home w/ zpack? Now what do I do?

Follow up: You should finish the antibiotics. Repeat the ct in 6-8 weeks. If nodule still present, you should be referred to a pulmonologist or thoracic surgeon for evaluation. Some nodules can be observed and some need to be removed. ...Read more

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I have a 2 CM nodule and smaller nodules in my lungs. Will be getting a pet scan. How quickly will it spread if it's cancer?

I have a 2 CM nodule and smaller nodules in my lungs. Will be getting a pet scan. How quickly will it spread if it's cancer?

Depends: Cancers spread at different rates. Small cell cancer spreads quickly. Treatment also affects the rate of spread. If the pet scan is positive next step is biopsy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a 2cm nodule and smaller nodules in my lungs, going in tomorrow for a pet scan. If this is cancer, how quickly will it spread?

What to do if I have a 2cm nodule and smaller nodules in my lungs, going in tomorrow for a pet scan. If this is cancer, how quickly will it spread?

Need evaluation: Proceed with PET scan. ultimately you would need to have a biopsy of the lung mass to establish a diagnosis. If you smoke, please quit. God only knows how quickly it will spread. Having said that- it will depend of the biology of the cancer- some cancers are indolent/slowly growing, and others are aggressive. PET scan will show if there is any other suspicious area- lymph nodes or organs. ...Read more

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Are small lung nodules cancer?

Needs biospy: Small nodules can be cancer, but they would need to be biopsied. Many times, the nodules are just scars and not cancer. If you find nodules on a cat scan of your chest, depending on the size, they need to be followed to make sure they don't grow or look ominous enough to warrant a biopsy. What to do about nodules also depends on your risk for lung cancer, i.e., were/are you a smoker, etc. ...Read more

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What does negative result mean regarding small lung nodules?

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

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What is the definition or description of: Small lung nodules?

What is the definition or description of: Small lung nodules?

Fleischner Society: Guidelines define a small lung nodule as less than 8mm in diameter ...Read more

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What is a primary lung cancer that would cause multiple small lung nodules less than 5 mm when found?

What is a primary lung cancer that would cause multiple small lung nodules less than 5 mm when found?

Unusual: Consider some cancer superimposed on histoplasmosis. Metastatic, military cancer from melanoma, breast can have unusual appearance. Alveolar cell can be multiple lesions, but not like the description. ...Read more

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Bun 5, basophil auto1.2%, vit d is 24 and multiple small lung nodules could these all be connected and help with a diagnosis.

Bun 5, basophil auto1.2%, vit d is 24 and multiple small lung nodules could these all be connected and help with a diagnosis.

Not likely: Lung nodules require a careful history for prior exposure to agents like tuberculosis, industrial exposures like asbestos or tobacco. Follow-up imaging is needed. If size increases a pet ct and biopsy can be contemplated. ...Read more

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What could a "Small density 1cm lung nodule "be, seen on chest xray, chances of malignancy?

What could a "Small density 1cm lung nodule "be, seen on chest xray, chances of malignancy?

Need more info: Smoker? Any other history? Malignancy always possible but could be scar or benign nodule. Should be followed or biopsy for definitive diagnosis if feasible. ...Read more

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I was recently told that I have a small 5 mm lung nodule. Discovered by CT scan. I am not a smoker. Never have been. Should I be worried?

I was recently told that I have a small 5 mm lung nodule. Discovered by CT scan. I am not a smoker. Never have been. Should I be worried?

Fleischner criteria: Nodules are common, and tend to scare people. The following link has criteria often followed by radiology groups regarding your findings. Be cautious, but not worried. Best wishes. Http://www. Snm. Org/docs/pet_coe/off_the_wall/fleis. Pdf. ...Read more

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I have RA & on enbrel (etanercept). Have chronic cough & 2 small lung nodules. Concerns?

I have RA & on enbrel (etanercept). Have chronic cough & 2 small lung nodules. Concerns?

See your doctor: The nodules could be anything from scar tissue due to prior infections, rheumatoid nodules. To cancer. You should ask your doctor about these. The cough could be due to rheumatoid lung, copd, infection or a simple allergy or sinus problem. You will need to explore this with your own doctor to get a diagnosis. ...Read more

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30 yo female, former light smoker 4-5 yrs. CT scan in 2013 with small lung nodule, but no follow up. Should I be worried? The doctor was unconcerned.

30 yo female, former light smoker 4-5 yrs. CT scan in 2013 with small lung nodule, but no follow up. Should I be worried? The doctor was unconcerned.

Lung Nodules: Depending on the size, there are specific criteria that have been developed called the "Fleicshner criteria" that will determine if any further testing or repeat CT scans need to be done. Discuss in further detail with your Doc to be safe, Best wishes. ...Read more

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Ct scan showed very small lung nodule. I've had 3 chest x-rays prior and nothing showed on them. What happens now? How to determine if it's cancer?

Ct scan showed very small lung nodule. I've had 3 chest x-rays prior and nothing showed on them. What happens now? How to determine if it's cancer?

Depends: If the nodule is very small, it would not be seen in a plain x-ray so the fact you had 3 prior negative ones does not mean much. You may have had it undetected for years. Depending on how big it is and your clinical situation, your doc may opt to follow up with another ct scan in 6-12 months, do a pet scan, or proceed with a biopsy. Good luck and if you are a smoker, quit today. ...Read more

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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?

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?

Variable: Most small masses, nodules, lesions of that size are asymptomatic! the incidental finding is good luck. Depending on exact location, bronchoscopy may define the cause most will be removed. Some will biopsy first, but the thoracic surgeon will guide this with you. ...Read more

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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