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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
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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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replied April 9th, 2011
What I wrote was the radiologist's report. I saw my doctor on Thursday and honestly was no happy with the results. He seemed to think that the nodule was due to "all the stuff we breath everyday". I asked to look at the cd of the scan images.. he briefly glanced over them and seem to blow me off. Could the nodule in my hilar be due the repeated bronchitis? He said the 3 mm spot on left lower lobe was too small to biopsy and that I should just wait the 6 months for a new scan. Honestly I was so mad by the time I left i couldn't even speak to him. The other thing that upset me was I have a 3.4X3.1 asymmetrical enlargement of the right thyroid gland. It has been tested and is not cancerous, but that was over a yr ago. I asked him when the last time we ran a thyroid blood test he said July of 2010. I asked if we could rerun it and he wanted to wait 2 months. There is a reason that mass is there, but I guess he feels it's not important to find out why. I walked out with my appointment slip and threw it in the trash. Ok Maybe I'm being unreasonable about the hilar nodule, but what about the thyroid?
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replied June 20th, 2011
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it is best to speak up BUT don't expect perfect answers
THEY WILL NEVER EXIST
if u don't expect miracles and can speak authoritatively u can get most Dr to take the time needed and answer your questions in detail AND IF NOT find another Dr and if the next one is VASTLY BETTER, send the 1st one a letter telling why
and u can decide after that if this person should be tolerated, listened to or challenged
OR maybe just go on with your life
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replied February 18th, 2016
What is a 2.6 cm nodule in the upper lobe
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replied October 27th, 2016
I also have 2.7 and 3 cm laison which shown in ct scan, done biopsy twice doctor said no cancer cell involved also was tested for tb, no tb either but doctors decided to put me on tb medications saying that there is 30% chance of undiagnosed tb, i have follown them but not satisfy with their decision, now i fell too weak, nauseous, ringing in my ear. So annoyed
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replied April 25th, 2017
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