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Old 03-28-2006, 09:29 AM   #1
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Unhappy 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

My life just keeps getting more complicated by the day. Last week an Arachnoid Cyst was found in my brain now this 5 mm nodule in my lung. I am scheduled to see a pulmonary specialist next Thursday. This was detected using a contrasted CT scan of my chest while I was also getting a 64 slice CT scan of my heart. The radiologist recommended that I get another scan in 6 months to ensure stability of the nodule. Could he be able to tell from the CT scan if it was a cancerous tumor and would he have stated that in the report. The report also says no evidence of mediastinal lymphadenopathy and visualized osseous structures are unremarkable. Thanks for any advice.

 
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Old 03-29-2006, 10:29 AM   #2
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I guess no one wants to tell me Im a dead man lol

 
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Old 03-29-2006, 11:09 AM   #3
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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

From what I understand, nodules can be lots of things, many benign. Rescanning in 6 months is standard procedure to check any nodule.

Benign reasons are common and can be related to granulomas formed around old infections. (or exposures to fungal mold spores).

I think if they were worried about it they would tell you to have another scan sooner. Try not to worry too much. I think if the general public had hi res ct scans of the lungs lots of nodules would be found.

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Old 03-29-2006, 04:30 PM   #4
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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

Thx for the reply , im just worried if its some kind of fast growing cancer or something.. 6 months seems like a long time to wait till its checked again.

 
Old 03-29-2006, 05:52 PM   #5
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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

The pulmonary specialist will be able to tell you more. Sometimes fluid can show up as a nodule....it could be anything.
Wait until he sees you and reviews your CT scan.
Thinking good thoughts for you

 
Old 04-19-2006, 02:30 PM   #6
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Question Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

I just found that I have a 3mm nodule on my lower right lobe. What did yours turn out to be?

 
Old 04-19-2006, 05:15 PM   #7
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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

I don't know as of yet , they doctor said it was too small to do a Pet scan or to biopsy...she thinks its probably nothing to worry about since I dont smoke but I am noticing lately some discomfort in my lungs and my breathing as well ( may be some paranoia there though I don't think so )..I am pretty sure I will be getting that next CT scan way sooner then 6 months like she suggested. I am also having groin pain for 2 months now and will be getting some scoping done by my urologist next monday..should be fun..ouch. I keep fearing the worse..this has been a bad year for me and I have a hard time dealing with these issues. I want them resolved like tomorrow and to have to wait is killing me. I hope yours turns out to be nothing.

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Old 04-21-2006, 09:23 PM   #8
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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

You sound alot like me right now. I do not smoke, I am 35 and I am extremely athletic but I am also noticing some trouble breathing when I lay down at night. I have noticed this off and on for about three years and it is much more common now. I also have been having severe stomach and GI pains that are very bad now (actually that is how they found the nodule last week, doing a cat scan for the abdomen). I have been going through a stressful last year or so, I take my son to Mayo Clinic for a vasculitis in his brainstem which has given him central sleep apnea, so we have not slept normally for a long time. I remember flying home in November and thinking I am so exhausted, this has got to be how people get cancer. Well, maybe it is. I am being tested for a fungal infection, my TB was neg and I do have some cardiac issues so maybe possibly it could be vascular, my doc says that mishaped blood vessels can some times look like nodules. I had another cat scan yesterday and I find out the results Wed. I think 6 months is too long to go between check ups. I was told by the radiologist who found it I should get a scan in one month to three months to check for growth. My doctor was cautious and wants to see the lungs entirely in the scan from yesterday to make sure there are not more, God I hope not! This is somewhat scary for me and I am sure it is for you. I wish you the best on your scoping, just be brave. I hate being in limbo and any type of medical procedure but my son's illness has taught me how to cope better. I hope yours turns out to be nothing of importance too.

 
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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

michhh - Are you from Michigan (hint from your handle)

I also have nodules here in Grand RApids - and the docs thinl I have coccidioidomycosis which is a fungal infection that's near epidemic in the southwest. (See my post under the infectious disease board titled Valley Fever)

If you have ever been to Arizona, New Mexico, Southern Cal, or northern Mexico - find out about Valley fever. Extreme fatigue is a primary symtom.

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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

michhh - Are you from Michigan (hint from your handle)

I also have nodules here in Grand RApids - and the docs thinl I have coccidioidomycosis which is a fungal infection that's near epidemic in the southwest. (See my post titled Valley Fever on the infectious disease board on this website.

If you have ever been to Arizona, New Mexico, Southern Cal, or northern Mexico - find out about Valley fever. Extreme fatigue is a primary symtom.

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Old 04-22-2006, 06:28 PM   #11
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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

If it makes you feel better, I have a 5mm nodule on my lung. Scared the you know what out of me, as I was a smoker.
It is called a granuloma. I have been assured my several doctors that it is not cancer.
Good luck.

 
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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

Thx a lot for the reply , how did they diagnose it as a granuloma? Did they do any tests other then a ct scan?

 
Old 04-25-2006, 06:32 PM   #13
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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

I originally had a chest x ray for pneumonia and that's where it showed up. I freaked out and had a CAT scan the next day. Doctor called me that night to tell me it was a granuloma b/c I was so hysterical. He also called me a month later to tell me he had taken my scan to the head of radiology, and another doctor to see if they all agreed. They all said granuloma. It has been well over a year and I think if they were wrong I would know by now!
Also, when I was getting the CAT scan the tech told me that she has several granulomas. She said they even biopsied them after her CAT scan and they are turned out to be granulomas.
So, even after the scan if they want to biopsy, it still can be a granuloma.
Best of luck to you. I know how terrifying it is.

 
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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

I was diagnosed a year ago with having two 9mm nodules in the left lower lobe. So far I have had a repeat CT Scan and a Pet Scan. I scheduled next week for my third CT Scan to check to see if there are any changes. My Pulmonary doctor said I would need to have CT Scan's every 6 months as a precaution, but no Cancer as of yet.

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Old 11-05-2006, 07:57 AM   #15
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Re: 5mm Nodule in right lower lobe

You need to look at the report as being good news. It is standard protocal to re- check in 6 mo. If it were seen as bad news by the Radiologist believe me you would have further testing immediately. So please do not worry about this. My husband went through this about 4 yrs ago & had re-checks every 6 mo for 1 1/2 yrs & I told him the same thing.

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