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What is Ground Glass in Upper Chest Area

10/04/2011

Question:

I was in the hospital for pneumonia and fluid and had a CT Scan and they found what appeared to be ground glass in the upper lobe of my lungs. They did 2 scans with contrast and still can not tell me what it is. I am not a smoker but have COPD all my life 66yrs nelp?

Answer:

A ground glass opacity is a semi-solid nodule. It has a small chance of being cancer. Typically, we just follow these with serial CTs. I hope this helps.

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Response by:

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