Solitary Pulmonary Nodule Questions & Answers

Updated: Aug 22, 2019
  • Author: Pujan H Patel, MD; Chief Editor: Guy W Soo Hoo, MD, MPH  more...
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Questions & Answers

Overview

What is a solitary pulmonary nodule?

What questions are raised by the identification of a solitary pulmonary nodule?

What is the prognosis of malignant solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are the types of benign solitary pulmonary nodule?

What are the characteristics of benign solitary pulmonary nodule?

What is the classification of benign lung tumors?

What is the growth rate of a solitary pulmonary nodule?

What is included in patient education for solitary pulmonary nodule?

What are the characteristics of hamartomas?

What are the most common types of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are bronchial adenomas?

What are the characteristics of mucous gland adenomas?

What are the types of tracheobronchial tumors?

What are the characteristics of sclerosing hemangiomas?

Which benign solitary pulmonary nodules may have multiple origins?

What is the prevalence of solitary pulmonary nodules in the US?

How does the prevalence of solitary pulmonary nodules vary by sex?

How does the risk for solitary pulmonary nodules vary by age?

What is the prognosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What is the major distinction in the etiology of a solitary pulmonary nodule?

What are the possible etiologies of neoplastic (malignant or benign) solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are the possible etiologies of infectious inflammatory solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are the causes of noninfectious inflammatory solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are the possible causes of congenital solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are less common causes of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What should be the focus of clinical history in the evaluation of solitary pulmonary nodules?

Which physical findings are characteristic of solitary pulmonary nodule?

Which disorders should be considered in the differential diagnoses of a solitary pulmonary nodule?

How is the probability of malignancy assessed in a solitary pulmonary nodule?

What is the role of lab studies in the workup of solitary pulmonary nodules?

Which preoperative tests are performed for solitary pulmonary nodules?

What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are the advantages of CT scanning over plain chest radiography in the workup of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are radiological characteristics of solitary pulmonary nodules on CT scanning and radiography?

What is the significance of the size in the diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What is the role of growth rate in the diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

Which patterns of calcification are considered benign solitary pulmonary nodules?

What is the significance of border characteristics in the diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What is the significance of internal characteristics in the diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What is the significance of location in the diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are the American College of Radiology (ACR) Lung-RADS and how are they used in the diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What is the role of positron-emission tomography (PET) scanning in the workup of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What is the sensitivity and specificity of positron-emission tomography (PET) scanning for the diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

How does single-photon emission CT (SPECT) scanning compare to positron-emission tomography (PET) scanning for the diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What is the role of bronchoscopy in the workup of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What is the role of biopsy in the diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

When is video-assisted thoracoscopic surgery (VATS) indicated in the diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What is the role of an open biopsy for the diagnosis of solitary pulmonary nodules?

Which factors increase the risk for false-negative results in a biopsy of solitary pulmonary nodules?

When is patient consent required for a biopsy of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are management recommendations for solitary pulmonary nodules?

When did the Fleischner Society issue treatment guidelines for solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are the high-risk features of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are the Fleischner Society guidelines for follow-up imaging of a single, solid, noncalcified nodule?

What are the Fleischner Society guidelines for follow-up imaging of multiple solid, noncalcified nodules?

What are the Fleischner Society guidelines for follow-up imaging of a single ground-glass nodule?

What are the Fleischner Society guidelines for follow-up imaging of a single, part-solid nodule?

What are the Fleischner Society guidelines for follow-up imaging of multiple subsolid (ie, ground-glass and/or part-solid) nodules?

What are the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) treatment guidelines for solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are the American College of Chest Physicians (ACCP) treatment guidelines for indeterminate solid lesions greater than 8-30 mm relative to?

When is tumor resection indicated for solitary pulmonary nodules?

Which surgical procedures used in the treatment of solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are preoperative considerations for tumor resection for solitary pulmonary nodules?

What are ACCP guidelines for tumor resection of solitary pulmonary nodules?

How is tumor resection performed for solitary pulmonary nodules?

How are solitary pulmonary nodules prevented?

DDX

What are the differential diagnoses for Solitary Pulmonary Nodule?