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Noncalcified lung nodule: size 13x12x12mm

06/16/2009

Question:

I have been diagonsed with a non-calcified nodule (13x12x12mm) on the upper right lobe of the lung. The edges are smoothly marginated. I do not smoke, nor have I ever. Is the nodule more likely to be malignant due to it`s noncalcification and or size?

Answer:

The nodule needs to characterized with PET and biopsied either by needle or VATS procedure. Malignant potential is difficult to assess by size and calcification alone. Thank you.

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Response by:

Susan  Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD Susan Moffatt-Bruce, MD, PhD
Associate Professor of
Thoracic Surgery
Molecular, Virology, Immunology & Medical Genetics
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University