Lung Nodules (Spots in Lung) Symptoms and Surgery

 

A lung nodule is defined as a “spot” on the lung that is 3 cm (about 1 ½ inches) in diameter or less. If an abnormality is seen on an x-ray of the lungs that is larger than 3 cm, it is considered a “lung mass” instead of a nodule.

Larger lung nodules or lung masses are more likely to be cancerous. Lung nodules usually need to be at least 1 cm in size before they can be seen on a chest x-ray.

Surgery For Lung Nodules

We specialise in removal of Lung Nodules with the help of Open or even better by Video Assisted Thoracic Surgery (VATS)/Robotic approach with excellent outcomes.

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Symptoms of Lung Nodules

Lung nodules are quite common, and are found on 1 in 500 chest x-rays, and 1 in 100 CT scans of the chest. Roughly half of smokers over the age of 50 will have nodules on a CT scan of their chest. Lung nodules can be either benign (non-cancerous) or malignant (cancer). Many lung nodules do not have any symptoms and are found “accidentally” when a chest x-ray is done for some other reason. Symptoms of Lung nodules include cough or coughing up blood.

  Lung Nodules Diagnosis

CT Scan Showing Nodule in the Lung (Arrow)

 

 

Diagnosis of Lung Nodules

CT scan of chest or a PET scan can help in determining the cause. However, the final answer lies in Biopsy of the nodule, via

  • Bronchoscopy - if the nodule is near one of your airways
  • A needle biopsy - if the nodule is located near the outside of your lungs
  • Lung surgery - Robotic / VATS (Video Assisted Thoracoscopic Surgery) or Thoracotomy.


 

Surgical Removal of Lung Nodules

Removed Part of the Lung Patient Cured

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