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Lung Cancer

Lung mass

01/24/2008

Question:

what is a mass on the lung

Answer:

Thank you for your question. A lung mass refers to a solitary, solid density of the lung that is usually greater than 3cm in size. Smaller densities are called nodules. There are many both benign and malignant causes of nodules and masses of the lung. The evaluation of a mass or nodule involves taking a careful history, performing an examination, further imaging, and often a biopsy.

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Response by:

Patrick  Nana-Sinkam, MD Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University