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Doctor insights on: What Is A Soft Tissue Pulmonary Nodule In Lung

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What is histoplasmosis? Does it affects lungs forming very small nodule, bcz of my lung nodule. Can it be seen in ct, ?

Yes: Yes, it can show as nodules in imagines. Consult your doctor for diagnosis and treatment should it become necessary. ...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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Fell on my back, had cat scan, revealed (2) 4mm lung nodule pulmonary doctor says I should have nothing to worry about, follow cat scan in 6 mnth?

Probably overkill: For nonsmokers, with nodules in that size range, we recommend no further follow-up. If you are smoker, stop smoking. If any follow-up is necessary, 12 months is probably all you need. ...Read more

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Please tell me what does a lung nodule indicate?

Please tell me what does a lung nodule indicate?

A Lung nodule: Depending on risk factors, a lung nodule may have higher than 50% risk of being malignant. The diagnosis of cancer can only be made by a pathologist upon microscopic examination of a tissue biopsy. ...Read more

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Is an 8mm lung nodule followed up by another scan?

Is an 8mm lung nodule followed up by another scan?

Almost always, yes: Depends on your history and the appearance/location/shape of the nodule, but most often a follow up CT scan is the most appropriate test. Occasionally, if your doctor is concerned a PET scan may be useful for 8mm, but if its negative it is less helpful than when you have a larger nodule, for which PET is more reliable at excluding the likelihood of cancer. ...Read more

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What to do if I have a 13 mm lung nodule, is that big?

What to do if I have a 13 mm lung nodule, is that big?

Small, but: Small but big enough to have a work-up or follow-up. See a lung specialist for that. Do you smoke? ...Read more

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It is very likely that a 2.6cm lung nodule presents symptoms?

It is very likely that a 2.6cm lung nodule presents symptoms?

Unfortunately, no: Lung cancers are often diagnosed quite late because patients may not have symptoms for a long time. Eventually, people will have a cough, cough up blood, lose weight, have chest pain or shortness of breath. If a nodule is benign, the presence of symptoms probably depends on the exact location (whether it blocks an airway, for example). ...Read more

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Pls can u advice me what causes a benign lung nodule, thanks?

Pls can u advice me what causes a benign lung nodule, thanks?

Inflamation, etc: Benign nodules are often the result of abnormal tissue, inflammation and/or scar. This can result from inhaling something or having an infection. ...Read more

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Can a teenage smoker get a cancerous lung nodule?

Can a teenage smoker get a cancerous lung nodule?

Lung cancer: It would take longer than a few years of smoking to get lung cancer. But you can get cancer at any age and sometimes the cancer will spread into the lungs. ...Read more

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What is an effective medicine for apical lung nodule?

What is an effective medicine for apical lung nodule?

Depends: Depends on what the nodule is? First you need appropriate diagnosis. This is best by a multidiscipline comprehensive thoracic surgical lung nodule program. If the nodule is a tumor, treatment will depend on type and staging if malignant. ...Read more

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What should I do for a lung nodule found on right lung?

What should I do for a lung nodule found on right lung?

Get it TNM staged.: If there is a lung nodule, and it appears solitary, it still needs to be evaluated to see if there is no metastasis, etc. Ct scan and an ENT (ears, nose, and throat) exam are done. The ct helps determine if there is lymph node involvement. An aspiration biopsy of the lesion can be taken to determine its histology. Surgical resection in localized cases is done for all types except small cell. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of a lung nodule and are they malignant?

What are the symptoms of a lung nodule and are they malignant?

No symptoms: Lung nodules have no symptoms, unfortunately. Most of the time, they are benign things like scars, but sometimes they can be early cancers. If you have a nodule found on a cat scan, they need to be followed to make sure they don't grow or change over time. This is especially true if you have risk factors for cancer such as smoking or radiation exposure. ...Read more

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What are the factors that make a lung nodule benign vs malignant?

Difficult to explain: Tumors, primary or metastatic tend to grow more rapidly, may be associated with weight loss, positive positron scan, malignant cells in sputum, fine needle aspirate or on biopsy. Often the distinction is difficult. ...Read more

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Lung nodule grew 6mm, could I have cancer?

Lung nodule grew 6mm, could I have cancer?

50%: A non calcified lung nodule has a 50%risk of being cancer. Diagnosis of cancer is made by pathologist on a microscopic slide of a significant biopsy size. Removal of the whole nodule provides the pathologist with adecuate specimen. Needle biopsy of a lung cancer will miss the diagnosis half the time. So if it is cancer by needle bx it is. Otherwise undiagnostic. ...Read more

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Will a 6mm lung nodule show up on a pet scan?

Maybe: Lung nodules smaller than 10 mm (3/8 inch) can be falsely negative on pet because of limitations of the technology. That means the uptake on the scan is not high enough to be suspicious even though the nodule is actually worrisome. However, some small nodules have enough uptake despite their small size. The pet is not a bad idea for a 6 mm nodule, and if positive, means aggressive evaluation. ...Read more

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Can a biopsy be taken of a calcified lung nodule?

Can a biopsy be taken of a calcified lung nodule?

Yes, but: Calcification of a lung nodule frequently indicates that it is benign in nature. It is the noncalcified nodules that are most concerning for lung cancer. And thus the noncalcified nodules that more frequently meet criteria that prompts biopsy of the nodule. Appropriate treatment of lung nodules is best done at facilities with experience ...Read more

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What are the odds that a lung nodule is cancer?

What are the odds that a lung nodule is cancer?

It depends: Not all lung nodules are alike. The odds that a nodule is cancer depends in the appearance and size of the nodule, the medical history of the patient, the smoking history of the patient, and how the nodule changes over time. Radiologists, pulmonary physicians and thoracic surgeons are best qualified to determine the risk that a particular nodule is cancer. ...Read more

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Could aspirating a small piece of popcorn cause a lung nodule?

Yes: Inhalation of foreign bodies will initiate an inflammatory response from your immune system which can ultimately culminate in a calcified lung nodule on x-ray. ...Read more

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My father was diagnosed with lung nodule. Should I be worried for him?

Needs investigation: Lung nodule needs to be investigated to ascertain the underlying pathology. It may a residua of an old infection, an easily treatable infection or lung cancer. Worrying would not address the issue. Your father should see an internist or a pulmonary specialist. ...Read more

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I was wondering what are the odds that a 2cmx3cm lung nodule is cancer?

I was wondering what are the odds that a 2cmx3cm lung nodule is cancer?

Tissue biopsy: At least 50% if non smoker over that if smoker. Need to perform excisional or incisional biopsy and cultures for the pathologist to determine what is it. ...Read more

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Can a radiologist tell if a lung nodule is benign by just looking at it?

Can a radiologist tell if a lung nodule is benign by just looking at it?

Often but not perfec: Often there are certain characteristics on the xray that are helpful but no guarantee. It is often helpful to obtain a pet/ct scan as it has more accuracy. The best test is a biopsy if possible. ...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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How long can a person with a 1.4 lung nodule live with and without treatment?

How long can a person with a 1.4 lung nodule live with and without treatment?

Depends: Depends on what caused the lung nodule. Even among cancers, there are different types with different prognosis. If it is lung cancer and you don't treat it, generally you will die from it but your life expectancy may vary greatly depending on the type and spread - from months to 5+ years. If it has not spread and you take it out, you have a good chance of being cured. ...Read more

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I have a 2 CM calcified lung nodule as per my last x ray, should I be worried?

Depends: The pattern of calcification is important. Lamellar, popcorn, central, and diffuse homogenous calcification are usually benign. Anything else that size is very suspicious. ...Read more

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Truthful answer please, can an suv 2.7 be caused by an infection in a lung nodule?

Truthful answer please, can an suv 2.7 be caused by an infection in a lung nodule?

Yes: I know I have answered a number of your questions about this nodule and I hope you are well! Don't forget we are not really treating you. My best advice is to find a non-virtual doctor with whom you have good rapport, and decide together with that doctor what to do in real life. ...Read more

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What is a t.Surgeon waiting for when he suggests wait and see. Lung nodule 1.4 2.7 suv?

Watching for change: The suv is a measure of how metabolically active the nodule is. While there is some overlap between benign/ malignant nodules, a cutoff of suv 2.5 is used for nodules over 1 cm in size. Based on borderline suv and perhaps the ct appearance of the nodule the tests may not reliably tell if benign or not. Short term follow up can show if it grows. If it does grow, that becomes more worrisome. ...Read more

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What symptoms can a benign lung nodule cause, and whether it causes blockage and effect on breathing?

What symptoms can a benign lung nodule cause, and whether it causes blockage and effect on breathing?

Mostly none: In general, lung nodules benign and malignant are asymptomatic (without symptoms). That said, benign is more likely associated with infection. Thus symptoms such as infection and pneumonia may be present; fever, cough, etc.... Other symptomatic nodules may be from sarcoidosis. There is a large list of symptoms with sarcoid. ...Read more

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Last xray found 6mm lung nodule but it was not on an xray fromvthe mpnth before. Why so sudden? Ciuld it be a mistake?

Last xray found 6mm lung nodule but it was not on an xray fromvthe mpnth before. Why so sudden? Ciuld it be a mistake?

See below: Lung nodules are much harder to see on CXR, especially one so small. My guess is it was there, just not visible on CXR. ...Read more

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Will a lung nodule have grown since august 7 until today surgeon a said it will have surgeon b said no. It hadn't grown since may?

Will a lung nodule have grown since august 7 until today surgeon a said it will have surgeon b said no. It hadn't grown since may?

See below: Blondie, you are going crazy with this! My suggestion, out of my experience, is that you have to find one doctor that you like and trust and go exclusively by what he/she advises you. Seeking multiple opinions is only going to confuse you to no end, and you will not get a medical education out of healthtap. Again, good luck, and get the thing out to achieve some piece of mind! ...Read more

Tissue (Definition)

The body is composed of tissue that are classically described as beiing derived from three basic embyonic layers known as the endoderm, mesoderm and ectoderm that then differentiate into the structures that compose the body such as skin, soft tissues, bone, muscle, organs, etc. Stem cells are not differentiated and have the potential to ...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