I had a chest x-ray due to a bad cold and bronchitis to check for pnemonia (pneumonia)(sp?). The radiologist discovered a 6.6 mm nodule in my right lung and told me to followup with my primary Dr. for a possible CT scan. My primary Dr. didn't seemed to be concerned and said didn't need a CT Scan. After researching on the Internet it seems otherwise.
I am 46 and a non-smoker. This would be a new lung nodule as I had a CT scan done about a year ago on my abdomen and that was clean. My question is should I be having a CT Scan and follwoup CT Scans for this nodule? or is my Primary correct and need not worry about it.
The contention here is the risk category. The American College of Chest Physicians recommends optional follow-up for nodules that are less than or equal to 4 mm for those patients without risk factors for lung cancer. For a size more than 6mm, a re-evaluation at 6 to 12 months with a scan to look for stability is recommended. This recommendation however is based on consensus only (and is not meant to supplant the clinical decision of the physician). The natural history of subcentimeter nodule is not as well documented as larger nodules. Stay positive.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. Med Help International, Inc. is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.