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3 mm pulmonary nodule ?

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I have recently been have reoccurring bronchitis. I decided to ask the dr for a CT scan because I am a smoker. The report says there is 3 mm pulmonary nodule within the lower left lobe of the lung. The remainder of the lung demonstrates no other nodules, masses, or infiltrates. There is no evidence of of pleural effusion or pleural thickening. They also 8 mm right hilar lymph node. No significant mediastinal or hilar adenopathy is evident. Cardiac and vascular structures are intact. No adrenal masses are evident. So my question is.. Could those nodes/nodules be inflamation or infection from the bronchitis? I have a appt tomorrow and I need to know what to ask next. Should I ask to see a pulmonary dr? I realize these are small, but I can't say I am not worried. Any information could give would very helpful.


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replied April 9th, 2011
Lung Cancer Answer A21736
Hello and thank you for your post on e health forum.

The findings in the CT scan of the chest appears to be normal except for the nodule. There is no other abnormality seen in the CT scan.

The final impression of the radiologist has not been mentioned in the report.

Most such nodules in the lung, could be due to prior inflammation associated or lymph nodes. It could be due to calcification of tissues or granulomas, etc.

You might benefit by consulting your doctor, who after going through the CT report and the actual scans, can determine the next course of action. To reduce your fear and anxiety, you can ask your doctor if you need to see a pulmonologist.

Absence of any major symptoms and no major findings on the CT scan (except the nodule, which could probably be benign) - it seems that you might have nothing to worry about.

I hope this helps.


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