(also posted in lung cancer forum)
I have an upcoming appt. w/ a pulmonologist, in the meantime I'd appreciate any comments from the medical community or patients w/ similar report experiences.
Two months ago I participated in a heart research study, included was a CT scan, the radiologist noted: "... subsegmental atelectasis: nodular lingular density likely atelectasis ..."
On last week's followup CT scan with my provider the radiologist noted:
- ".... noncalcified pleural-based nodule involving the left upper lung measuring about 6 mm (this area was not imaged in the heart study scan)
- "... a band-like area of scarring at the left lung base within the lingula anteriorly..."
- "... two 2 to 3 mm pleural-based nodular densities in the right middle lobe anteriorly and laterally, unchanged from the heart scan study..."
- "... a follow-up CT scan of the chest would be recommended to assure stability .... there is likely benign scarring within the lingula."
History: retired architect (varied construction industry exposure), general health good, only related symptom would be years of very mild left chest discomfort, pneumonia 8yrs. ago followed by months of coughing problems. Thank you.
By conventional standards, all 3 nodules are small. Based on size alone, they are likely to be benign, most likely a residual of past infection or occupational exposures. These would be unrelated to the “very mild chest discomfort” and, also unrelated to the distant-past pneumonia. The same holds for the lingular scarring.
A follow-up scan in 3 to 6 months is the appropriate way to proceed.
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