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Spiculated Lung Nodule
Could be high or low: Depending on their size, other tests that might be next (pet scan), your history and whether you smoked tobacco. It's good to see someone who specializes in evaluating lung nodules. Multiple nodules (of the sort you describe) are often benign, as solid tumors tend to be "lone", but rules of thumb are just that. Its best to see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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
I have an 11 mm spiculated right lung base nodule, that was detected 8.19.2015, and was not present in the chest x-ray from 5.20.2014?
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
I am a 44 yo non-smoking male with suspected pancreatitis. An abdominal CT revealed multiple lung nodules with spiculated edges and up to 41mm?
Worrisome; biopsy: This is a worrisome development. Spiculated lung nodules (reaching in, like tentacles, into the lung) can point to a cancer, even a spreading cancer. Given your history of pancreatic problems, it could be pancreatic cancer. Or, it could be an unusual infection or something benign. The only way to know is to do a biopsy, which a pulmonologist (lung specialist) or CT surgeon can arrange. TTYD soon. ...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 moreSee 2 more doctor answers
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 moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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