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I have tiny nodular density in right upper lung. What does it mean? Does it mean im not fit to work? Thanks

I have tiny nodular density in right upper lung. What does it mean? Does it mean im not fit to work? Thanks

Mgt, workup: If the nodule is very small, it is most likely benign. Your risk factors including smoking history, family history and pulmonary history can be assessed to determine the next best step.
I would suggest a TB test and a follow up appt with a review of the CT scan: healthtap. Com/DosanjhMD ...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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If your suv number is 2 and CEA a 5.6 does that mean lung nodules are cancerous?

If your suv number is 2 and CEA a 5.6 does that mean lung nodules are cancerous?

Maybe: A standard uptake value of more than 2.5 would be more worrisome, and a blood CEA of 5.6 can simply mean that you smoke. Regardless of these results, you are going to get the nodule (s) biopsied; especially if they are multiple, the result may be something treatable that is low on the list of entities that you may already have considered. Good luck & stay proactive; there are lots of new rx's here. ...Read more

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What is nodule 10mm in left lung mean?

What is nodule 10mm in left lung mean?

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

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What is an ovoid nodule about 10mm in diameter on the left lower lung field mean?

What is an ovoid nodule about 10mm in diameter on the left lower lung field mean?

Depends.: I last 2 years, it must be worked up aggressively with ct/pet scan to rule out tumort could be an old granuloma. But if you are asmoker and this is new nodule which was not present in. ...Read more

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If I have multiple lung nodules and pleurisy, does that mean the nodules are cancerous?

If I have multiple lung nodules and pleurisy, does that mean the nodules are cancerous?

LungNodules/Pleurisy: Not all lung nodules are cancerous. May need biopsy to be certain. Pleurisy is inflammation of the linings of the lungs which causes chest pain on deep inhalation. Can be due to several diseases including pneumonia, pulmonary embolism (blood clot in lungs), lung cancer, pleural effusion (fluid in lungs). May need to see pulmonologist (lung doctor specialist). ...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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If a lung nodule changes a little in size does that mean it is malignant?

If a lung nodule changes a little in size does that mean it is malignant?

Not always.: This may mean an infection in the lung or an abscess. It depends on the time it took to change in size. It could be a benign process. But you will not know unless you get more tests, like an aspiration biopsy. It is best to see your doctor and get more tests. Best of luck. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a nodule on your lung the size of 11mm? Is it cancer

What does it mean when you have a nodule on your lung the size of 11mm? Is it cancer

It depends: Lung nodules can be benign or malignant. It depends on the whether it's new or stable, with or without calcium, smooth or irregular margin, and smoking history. Please see your doctor. ...Read more

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What does a questionable 6mm noncalcified nodule anterior right middle lobe of my lung mean?

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

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What does it mean to have " stable right apical lung enhancing nodule, likely to represent hamartoma"?

What does it mean to have " stable right apical lung enhancing nodule, likely to represent hamartoma"?

Benign tumor.: There is a nodule in the top of your right lung which appears to be a benign tumor of a type called a hamartoma. These are absolutely nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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What does this mean I had lymphoma twice already FINDINGS: Lungs: The previously noted 5 mm right upper lobe nodule is unchanged in size. (3:24)?

What does this mean I had lymphoma twice already FINDINGS: Lungs: The previously noted 5 mm right upper lobe nodule is unchanged in size. (3:24)?

More info: 5 mm is small. What is the time interval between the scans? If it has been stable for about 2 years, it's benign.

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How histoplasmosis enter the body.? If a nodule in lung (3mm) remains unchnged for 6 months, does it mean histoplasmosis. What are the risks factors?

How histoplasmosis enter the body.? If a nodule in lung (3mm) remains unchnged for 6 months, does it mean histoplasmosis. What are the risks factors?

Lungs: Histoplasmosis is very common in ohio valley region. This extends all along mississippi region. It can cause nodules in lung and may be unchanged on x-ray or ct scan. Be aware of it and let your doctor know so you don't get operation for old fonding. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a oncologist tells you that she has found a 4mm nodule I'm your lung? She says she now wants to see me in 3 months for growth.

What does it mean when a oncologist tells you that she has found a 4mm nodule I'm your lung? She says she now wants to see me in 3 months for growth.

Lung nodule: A 4mm lung nodule is tiny. It is so small that it could easily be missed just by placement of the ct slices. It is also too small to biopsy. It is also too small to show up on a pet scan, which has an 8 mm resolution. This is why you are in a holding pattern...Come back in three months for a repeat ct. It will be a long 3 months...Hang in there. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What does it mean when a 1cm lung nodule has "small density", does that point toward Cancer? Or Benign?

Small density.: A 1 cm nodule is a small density. Most likely this is benign finding but additional info about appearance and history/ physical exam are important. Are you a smoker? What prompted the X-ray or CT? A 3 month follow-up film is likely needed if this is a new radiological finding. Talk to your doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

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T surgeon said lung nodule has grown 30% since august on 3 d scan its still 1.4 but the inside has grown whatever that means. What should patient do?

Find out what: It appears that finding out what the nodule is would be the next step. If it is thought to be cancer, surgically removing it may be an option, otherwise a biopsy would be the next step (usually). Talk to your pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Can having liver mass and lung nodules mean you have cancer?

Can having liver mass and lung nodules mean you have cancer?

Liver mass: No. Lung and liver nodules are common findings on ct scan. Depending on clinical setting no treatment may be indicated other than a follow up ct. In some cases where suspicion is high, a biopsy is needed to rule out or rule in cancer. ...Read more

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What does nodular peripherad enhancement mean on a mri. My husband had a cancerous mass (adenocarcinoma of lung) removed from calcaneus previously?

What does nodular peripherad enhancement mean on a mri. My husband had a cancerous mass (adenocarcinoma of lung) removed from calcaneus previously?

If there was an: Original lung cancer, and a cancer found in a bone (calcaneus = heel bone), and now a "nodule" with "peripheral enhancement" some place, it is somewhat likely that it is a metastatic deposit from the original lung caner. Hs he had a pet scan? Is this a brain mr? A lot more questions than answers...See the doctor that ordered the mr for details and options. ...Read more

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What's it mean if CT scan says I have a 4 mm nodular density in lower left lung postero-laterally? In 2012 it was at 3mm now in 2015 it was 4mm

What's it mean if CT scan says I have a 4 mm nodular density in lower left lung postero-laterally? In 2012 it was at 3mm now in 2015 it was 4mm

Depending on how: The scans were performed, they may or may not be reliably comparable when measuring tiny nodules. Additionally, studies show significant intra-observer variability when measuring small nodules. So the first order of business is having one person look at both scans and determine if the size has really changed. If yes, further workup might be needed. If no, then probably nothing needs to be ddone ...Read more

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CT results PROMINENT MEDIASTINAL AND LEFT HILAR ENLARGEMENT WITH A SMALL 9MM NODULE ALONG THE MAJOR FISSURE OF THE LEFT LUNG what does this mean?

Mediastinal and: Hilar enlargement generally imply enlarged lymph nodes in those regions. There are numerous causes of enlarged lymph nodes. You need to talk to your doctor about what it means in your particular case. The 9mm nodule may or may not be related or significant. ...Read more

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What do you recommend if I had a cat scan with IV dye and doctors found a 2.8 mm subpleural upper lobe nodule on my lung- just wondering what does that mean?

Incidental nodule: According to the Fleischner Society guidelines, if you are a low risk patient (nonsmoker etc.), no follow up is necessary for a nodule this size. The risk of malignancy is miniscule. If you are a higher risk patient, follow up CT in 12 months, and if no change, no further follow up. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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What is a dense 8mm left lower nodule of the lung? Dense nodular opacity in the left lower lobe is likely a calcified granuloma. What does that mean to me?

What is a dense 8mm left lower nodule of the lung? Dense nodular opacity in the left lower lobe is likely a calcified granuloma. What does that mean to me?

It means: This is likely a benign incidental finding of no concern, a small calcified remnant of a remote inflammatory process. ...Read more

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Ct shows 9mm lung nodule. 6 month follow up CT shows nodule grown to 30mm and looks hazy. 3 radiologists & pulm dr said hazy & growing so fast means prob inflammation not malignancy. Are they correct?

Ct shows 9mm lung nodule. 6 month follow up CT shows nodule grown to 30mm and looks hazy. 3 radiologists & pulm dr said hazy & growing so fast means prob inflammation not malignancy. Are they correct?

Biopsy: Bronchoscopy, washings, biopsy and removal if no other significant risks.

See the thoracic surgeon and get it removed.
Iam not aware of inflammation that is like your description, unless pneumonia behind a tumor. ...Read more

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What does "left lung lower lobe shows a subcm parenchymal nodule with mild tracer update (SUV max 1. 8)" mean when doing a whole body PET CT?

What does "left lung lower lobe shows a subcm parenchymal nodule with mild tracer update (SUV max 1. 8)" mean when doing a whole body PET CT?

Means...: ...you should probably have a follow-up study to better characterize the lung nodule. Of course, the nodule may be consistent with the reason you underwent a total body PET/CT. ...Read more

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Ct scan with contrast found a 3mm nodule in my left lung, minimal dependent atelectasis, & an exaggerated cardiac silhouette. What does this mean?

Ct scan with contrast found a 3mm nodule in my left lung, minimal dependent atelectasis, & an exaggerated cardiac silhouette. What does this mean?

Pulmonary nodule: Any nodule in the lung, no matter what size, needs to be investigated thoroughly. Comparison with previous chest xrays and CT scans would be the priority. If you smoked tobacco, then further tests such as a PET scan and a biopsy and bronchoscopy are indicated. Please see a pulmonologist soon. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Pet scan in jan 2013 showed 4 cancerous nodules in lungs from breast cancer. New pet scan july 2013 - lung spots no longer metabolically active; does this mean they are no longer cancerous?

Pet scan in jan 2013 showed 4 cancerous nodules in lungs from breast cancer. New pet scan july 2013 - lung spots no longer metabolically active; does this mean they are no longer cancerous?

Favorable Response: Pet provides the benefit of early identification of ineffective chemotherapy, particularly metastatic breast cancer, as various alternative treatment options are available & allows patients to be spared the toxicities of ineffective treatments. Complete metabolic response is a great prognostic indicator with significantly increased overall survival compared to patients showing no response. ...Read more

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