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Solitary pulmonary nodule

  • Treatment

    Ask your doctor about the risks of a biopsy versus monitoring the size of the nodule with regular x-rays.

    Reasons for a biopsy or removing the nodule may include:

    • Smoking
    • The nodule size has grown compared to earlier x-rays
    • A CT scan suggests the lesion is malignant (cancerous)

    Support Groups

    Expectations (prognosis)

    The outlook is generally good if the nodule is benign. If the nodule does not grow larger over a 2-year period, under most circumstances nothing more need be done. On occasion, the appearance of the nodule on CT scan may warrant continued follow-up.

    Calling your health care provider

    A solitary pulmonary nodule is usually found by your health care professional when a chest x-ray is performed for some other reason.