Five things you should know about lung nodules

Thoracic Surgeon Rafael Andrade, MD (center), said lung nodules are often caused by a small growth in the lung, or a reaction of the lung to inflammation or infection. Not all are malignant, or cancerous, but some must be monitored.

Thoracic Surgeon Rafael Andrade, MD (center), said lung nodules are often caused by a small growth in the lung, or a reaction of the lung to inflammation or infection. Not all are malignant, or cancerous, but some must be monitored.

A lung nodule may sound scary, but it’s really a fancy word for a “spot in the lung,” says University of Minnesota Health Thoracic Surgeon Rafael Andrade, MD. They are often caused by a small growth in the lung, or a reaction of the lung to inflammation or infection. They are frequently identified with an X-ray or CT scan.

Lung nodules are spots ranging between .2 inches and 1.2 inches and are relatively common — in many cases a lung nodule turns out to be benign, or non-cancerous. Additional testing helps determine the cause of a lung nodule.

Read the article in the University of Minnesota’s MHealth.org blog.