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Lung Cancer

Spiculated nodule

03/19/2009

Question:

what is spiculated ?

Answer:

Thank you for your question. Spiculated implies that a nodule has irregular or "jagged" borders. During the process of assessing a new lung nodule, in addition to assessing the chronicity, size and location of the nodule, we also consider radiographic appearance. While not definitive, a spiculated nodule raises the suspicion for malignancy as opposed to a nodule with smooth borders.

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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