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Solitary Pulmonary Nodule


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Comment from: Sylva Greenburg , 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: August 28

I was hit in the chest while walking, by an SUV, then again on the side of my face and shoulder. Since then I developed shortness of breath. Fast forward 4 years; an x-ray ordered by a 'fill-in' physician discovered pectus carinatum, pectus excavatum, thoracic kyphosis with dextroscoliosis and pulmonary hyperinflation. Four years ago I was diagnosed with COPD, emphysema, restrictive pulmonary disease, lung failure and paresthesia. Currently gathering information with x-rays to obtain treatment for solitary pulmonary nodule.

Comment from: Happy, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: December 17

I had an 8mm nodule found randomly during a CT scan for something else. It was speculated in the left upper lobe. The physician and surgeon told me it was likely malignant. I am a 57 year old Caucasian female, and I've never smoked. I had the nodule removed with the less invasive Da Vinci robot system method. They did a lung resection. Since the surgery, 9 months ago, I no longer have asthma and feel great. Tough surgery though. But good to know that it is not always cancer.

Comment from: sindee, 55-64 Female (Patient) Published: November 20

I was diagnosed with SPN and I await the results of my biopsy in two days. After doing some research on this I am pleased to know that it can go either way. I am praying that it will be benign. However if not, it is smaller than 2mm so I am thankful that I will probably be able to have it surgically removed.

Comment from: Fred, 65-74 Male (Patient) Published: February 06

I have a persistent cough for three weeks. My doctor sent me for a chest X-ray and they found a 1.4 cm nodule in my upper lung. They also said they would get another X-ray in 6 months. When I lay down I have to take deep breaths. I love to go walking at least two miles a day, but lately in is a little difficult breathing, even on the slightest incline.

Comment from: felicia, 35-44 Female (Patient) Published: January 09

I was just told I have a 5mm pulmonary nodule (ground glass) on right upper lung. I have been a heavy smoker for 20yrs. My father and grandparents all passed away from Emphysema. The doctors told me to follow up with another CT Scan in 6 mths to see if it grows. I am scared to death.

Comment from: May, 35-44 Male (Caregiver) Published: December 13

my husband is due for CT scan (nodule of the right lung) but he's ignoring it. It is very important to CT scan in early stages when it can be treated. It is not knowing that can be fearful.

Comment from: jaraymond, 45-54 Female (Patient) Published: March 15

I have been having shortness of breath even when sitting and laying down, but worse when active. I have a problem with my right shoulder and elbow, lots of pain. After VA took X-ray, they flipped out and ordered MRI and CT of my chest. They said I have a spots on my right middle lung and left lung base, with both lower lung thickening. They told me they will do another exam in 6 months, but, haven't said anything else. I am scared. They didn't even tell me in person, they sent me a letter. I called and spoke to Dr. who seemed pre-occupied, and told me to wait for a letter in the mail that will tell me when my next appointment will be. This is how the Military treats us after we serve 20 years. I was exposed to asbestos onboard the USS L Y Spear during overhaul in Norfolk Navy shipyard. Can you tell me what you think and what I should do? PLEASE. Thank you.

Comment from: Mom-of-three, 7-12 Female (Caregiver) Published: September 20

My daughter was diagnosed with osteosarcoma. Throughout treatment they kept a close watch on her lungs with CT scans. From the beginning they saw a nodule, but wasn't sure what it was. It Measured about 7mm, and after surgery was determined to be a Precancerous melanoma. Without the first diagnosis, we would never have known that it was even there. Glad it's gone.

Medically reviewed by James E. Gerace, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Pulmonary Disease


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