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Small round or oval-shaped growths in the lungs are known as pulmonary nodules. These nodules could be either malignant or benign. These nodules do not have any affect on the patients and therefore there are no signs and symptoms unless the nodules are being caused due to an underlying condition or disease such as lung cancer. Then the patient would exhibit symptoms of the disease causing the nodules.
HOW IS PULMONARY NODULES DIAGNOSED?
Pulmonologists may examine your symptoms and order for clinical diagnostic tests to diagnose Pulmonary Nodules. Repeated X-rays can help confirm presence of benign lung nodules. Other diagnostic tests are blood tests, tuberculin test, MRI, biopsy of lung tissue.
HOW IS PULMONARY NODULES TREATED?
If the pulmonary nodule is benign, it usually does not require treatment. If an active infection is found or a disease of inflammation in the body is diagnosed, the treatment would be based on the condition identified and the symptoms that are present. Surgical techniques to take out pulmonary nodules include:
• Thoracotomy—This procedure is considered open lung surgery. A cut is made in the wall of the chest in order to remove pieces of diseased lung tissue. Patients usually have to remain in the hospital for a few days after the operation. The mortality risk is low. When possible, a mini-thoracotomy that is less invasive may be performed.
• Video-Assisted Thoracoscopy—This procedure uses a thoracoscope, a flexible tube with a miniature camera on its end. The thoracoscope is inserted through a small cut into the chest wall. The camera allows the surgeon to view an image of the nodule on a television screen. This technique requires a smaller cut and a shorter recovery time than a thoracotomy does.
DID YOU KNOW?
Pulmonary Nodules are a high risk and life-threatening problem that can be fatal.