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A pulmonary nodule is a small round or oval-shaped growth in the lung. It may also be called a “spot on the lung” or a “coin lesion.” Pulmonary nodules are smaller than three centimeters (around 1.2 inches) in diameter. If the growth is larger than that, it is called a pulmonary mass and is more likely to represent a cancer than a nodule. Usually there are no symptoms associated with pulmonary nodules. If present, symptoms would be related to the condition that led to the nodule developing. If the nodule is from a lung cancer, the patient is often without symptoms but may have a new cough, or cough up blood.
HOW IS PULMONARY NODULES DIAGNOSED?
Usually, the first sign that a pulmonary nodule is present is a spot on the lung that shows up on a chest X-ray or a CT scan. These tests are usually done when a person sees the doctor for a respiratory illness. Other tests include:
• Blood tests
• Tuberculin skin test to check for TB
• Positron emission tomography (PET) scan
• Single-photon emission CT (SPECT)
• Magnetic resonance imaging (in rare cases)
• Biopsy, tissue removal, and examination under a microscope to confirm whether the tumor is benign or cancerous
HOW IS PULMONARY NODULES TREATED?
Large nodules in a person who smokes need to be removed immediately. Surgery depends on the size and location of the nodule. The pulmonologist may recommend tests to determine your health condition before performing surgery for removal of benign Pulmonary Nodules
DID YOU KNOW?
Pulmonary Nodules are a high risk and life-threatening problem that can be fatal.