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Ground Glass Macro Lobulated Margins in Lungs

05/20/2010

Question:

what do these terms mean? Thank you

Answer:

Thank you for your question. The characteristics of a nodule (or spot) on the lung can assist in determining the probability of malignancy. Ground glass refers to an area that is not completely solid in appearance. Ground glass abnormalities can be seen with inflammation, infection and occasionally malignancy. Lobulated refers to margins of a spot that are less well defined rather than sharp or "spiculated".

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