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Lung diseases

Two Granulomas Found in Lungs

02/03/2011

Question:

I had a 5 mm granuloma and a 2.5 mm granuloma found in right lung! my mother had a 5mm one in her lung and 2 out 3 pulmonologists told her to wait and watch it! years later it had turned malignant! Would it be wise to have this taken care of now! My occupation of a first responder requires me to clean up hazardous material spills and work in a dusty environment!

Answer:

95% of nodules that size are benign. Also, it is almost impossible to remove a 5mm nodule because they are too small to find during surgery. The usual recommendation is to follow these small nodules. A small few will be malignant and grow; however, if they are followed closely, they are still removed at an early stage. About 50% of people in certain areas of the country, especially Ohio, have these small nodules. 


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Sandra L Starnes, MD Sandra L Starnes, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati