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I had BC 5 years ago stage 1 no lymph nodes/blood vessels (5mm) GR1. A CT shows now 3 nodules RT lower lung subpleural 1.5, 2, 3.6 mm. metastasis?

I  had BC 5 years ago stage 1 no lymph nodes/blood vessels (5mm) GR1. A CT shows now 3 nodules RT lower lung  subpleural 1.5, 2, 3.6 mm. metastasis?

Possible: Complicated question as there is not enough data - most breast CA recurs early, but not always. Usually dependent on hormone receptor status. I would be concerned about another cancer producing these nodules - could also be nothing.... ...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


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What does a 7 mm right apical bleb. A 3mm subpleural right apical nodule and minimal pleural based nodularity at the left lung apex ?

Too small yet: A blel is a bubble, atype of emphysema. Could be from an infection, inhalational injury (fumes, odors or smoking) or genetic.Nodules are too small to categorized but should be follow ...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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Ct shows 2 mm & smaller indeterminant pulmonary nodules, in the right lower lobe. Tiny subpleural lymph nodes along the fissures. What causes this?

Ct shows 2 mm & smaller indeterminant pulmonary nodules, in the right lower lobe. Tiny subpleural lymph nodes along the fissures. What causes this?

A lot of things: If just 2 mm, i would just monitor with a ct scan every 6 months for a year and then every year thereafter. Possibilties include exposure to fungus, old infection, dust or malignancy but this is less likely. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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What does subpleural nodule mean?

Lung nodule: It is a nodule in the edge of the lung. These are frequently benign, but routine follow up is usually recommended to document stability. Macmahon h, austin j, gamsu, g, et al: guidelines for management of small pulmonary nodules detected on ct scans: a statement from the fleischner society. Radiology 2005; 237:395-400. ...Read more

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What is the difference between lung nodule on pleural surface vs subpleural?

What is the difference between lung nodule on pleural surface vs subpleural?

Pleural/subpleural: A pleura is a serous membrane which folds back onto itself to form a two-layered membrane structure.The thin space between the two pleural layers is known as the pleural cavity and normally contains a small amount of pleural fluid. The outer pleura (parietal pleura) is attached to the chest wall. The inner pleura (visceral pleura) covers the lungs and adjoining structures.The subpleura is below it ...Read more

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Would a subpleural nodule be a subpleural lymph node in CT image?

Would a subpleural nodule be a subpleural lymph node in CT image?

Not necessarily: Usually not a lymph node, more likely a small benign granuloma from prior inflammation assuming there are no risk factors for malignancy. Subpleural simply refers to the location...next to, or beneath, the pleura, the membrane that lines the lungs. ...Read more

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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. ...Read more

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Minimal atelectatic medically rt middle lobe and lingular area on lt with multiple small nodules with subpleural density and pleural-based no pleural effusion or pneumothorax what does this mean?

Bronchoscopy: First you will need a diagnosis of what these nodules are. The atelectases in both lungs should be evaluated by looking at the airways to make sure there is no nodule in the airways causing collapse and in addition the bronchoscopy may just give all the diagnosis. Good luck. ...Read more

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