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Doctor insights on: What Does A Nodule In The Lung Look Like

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With a cyst in the liver, probably several tiny cysts and a nodule in the lung - can they be related (like Hydatid disease) or is this too far fetched?

With a cyst in the liver, probably several tiny cysts and a nodule in the lung - can they be related (like Hydatid disease) or is this too far fetched?

More history needed: This a rare occurrence and more history would be needed to give a educated opinion. I hope all is well with you.

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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Is it easy for doctors to tell the difference between calcified nodule in the lung and lung cancer mass? And what is average age for non smoker?

Is it easy for doctors to tell the difference between calcified nodule in the lung and lung cancer mass? And what is average age for non smoker?

Yes, it: Is relatively simple to determine the pattern of calcification of a lung nodule on a CT scan. Sometimes it is possible to do that on a chest xray as well.

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What exactly is a nodule on the lung?

What exactly is a nodule on the lung?

It is mass of tissue: It is a mass of tissues on the xray and cat scan.60%of lung nodules are due to benighn and not cancerous conditions but any nodule need to be investigated and followed up.

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What is a nodule on the lung and will it cause coughing?

What is a nodule on the lung and will it cause coughing?

Pathology: It is lung pathology. Should be assessed by MD. Some can cause coughing. Follow up with MD. Important.

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In the lung, if there is a subplueral nodule in the periphery base, is that an area that can be operated on or no?

Yes: That would indicate a nodule that is more amenable to an excisional biopsy (wedge resection operation) than centrally located nodules. But whether it should be operated on is a determination best made by a thoracic surgeon or pulmonologist.

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Are nodules found in the lung curable?

Are nodules found in the lung curable?

Curable? No: Lung nodules are very common, and over 95% are benign scars that require no "cure". They don't go away, and therefore are not "cured" but they are harmless. The 4-5% of lung nodules that are cancer require some form of treatment and many of these are curable. This depends upon thorough evaluation of the nodule, staging and treatment by experienced teams.

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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.

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What size nodules of the lung are a cause of urgent concern? Ie; giving indication of cancer

What size nodules of the lung are a cause of urgent concern? Ie; giving indication of cancer

Presence: The presence of any nodule is of concern specially if not calcified specially in a smoker or someone that quit smoking within the last 10 years, a nodule that grows within 3 months. 5year survival for stage1non small cell lung cancer surgical resection is about 70%, for stage2nsclc about 30-35%. Stage 2 mass greater than 3cm or less than 3cm with metastasis to regional lymph node. Lowdosect.

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Do the lung nodules caused by valley fever need to be surgically removed?

Do the lung nodules caused by valley fever need to be surgically removed?

No: A lung nodule caused by coccidioidomycosis (cause of valley fever) is just a clump of inflammatory debri. This is the bodies' way of "wrapping up" the infecting organism so that it cannot cause any further lung injury. They do not need to be surgically excised as they cannot do you any harm. Neatly packaged, these gifts await unwrapping by other micro-friends long after you are buried.

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I have a subpleural solitary lung nodule in the peripheral of the lung base. 2mm. I am 28/f. Smoked for 9 years, but quit 4 years ago. Cancer? Scared!

I have a subpleural solitary lung nodule in the peripheral of the lung base. 2mm. I am 28/f. Smoked for 9 years, but quit 4 years ago. Cancer? Scared!

Barely visible: If it enlarges by ct then removal is an option. It is so small at 2mm it can be hard to find. Gather any old x-rays, history of trauma, pneumonia etc. It may be an old scar but needs to be followed by pulmonologist or thoracic surgeon.

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What does a nodule in upper right lobe of the lung 4.6mm and not calcified mean discovered via health check CT scan?

Nodule: Usually benign nodule. It is common to find these. Most often they are related to a fungal spore. Talk to your doctor, but a reasonable course would be to get repeat chest xray 6 months.

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Had a ct scan and have a 6mm nodule on the lung radiologist said no follow up if not a smoker should I be worried about cancer I'm not a smoker?

Had a ct scan and have a 6mm nodule on the lung radiologist said no follow up if not a smoker should I be worried about cancer I'm not a smoker?

See below: Worrying is not a useful option. About 10% of the lung cancers in occur in non-smokers. It would be prudent to consult your primary care provider, who would know more about your health, for the advisability of a PET scan, MRI, other action or watchful waiting. For good health - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form. Practice safe sex, if you have sex.

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I have nodules on my lungs, with the largest one being 4mm I also have one on my thyroid and voice box. The lung nodules were found incidentally during a CT of my bowels. Could this be sarcoidosis?

I have nodules on my lungs, with the largest one being 4mm I also have one on my thyroid and voice box. The lung nodules were found incidentally during a CT of my bowels. Could this be sarcoidosis?

Possibly: It's not unusual for there to be small nodules in the lung as you age. There are a lot of things from benign granulomas to lung cancer that are possible. Sarcoidosis in the lung is squally symptomatic. You will need to have few serial ct scans to mae sure they don't change in any way. Good luck.

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I have just be told I have 2mm lingular pulmonary nodular. Where is that located on the lung? And what should I expect in the weeks to come?

I have just be told I have 2mm lingular pulmonary nodular. Where is that located on the lung? And what should I expect in the weeks to come?

Left side: The lingua is part of the left lung and is located behind the heart on that side. I would expect that if this was found on a simple chest x-ray, your doctor will order a ct scan of the chest to further determine whether any other diagnostics such as bronchoscopy or biopsy are necessary.

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On the lung windows might be 1 or 2 minute lung nodular densities, below the resolution of pet. What does this mean? See pet results for further info.

On the lung windows might be 1 or 2 minute lung nodular densities, below the resolution of pet. What does this mean? See pet results for further info.

Talk with your doc: This is a very specific question and unfortunately there isn't enough information to answer it correctly. You should see your doctor for a specific answer about the pet scan results.

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What does the lung tissue look like?

What does the lung tissue look like?

See picture: See picture or healthy versus diseases lung tissue.

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What is the lung capacity of a smoker like?

What is the lung capacity of a smoker like?

It's decreased.: It is reduced compared to that of a non-smoker due to lung disease. According to the CDC, smoking can stunt lung development in teens and can increase the risk of asthma, TB, emphysema and cancers. Smoking damages the elastic lining of air sacs and causes scarring which can restrict air flow in or out.

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