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Pulmonary Nodules


Pulmonary nodules are areas of abnormal tissue in your lungs. Nodules are usually found when a chest x-ray or CT scan is ordered for other health conditions. Most nodules are not cancerous. However, it is still very important for you to return for follow-up testing so your condition can be monitored.


Follow up with your healthcare provider:

Your healthcare provider will refer you to a pulmonologist. Your pulmonologist will monitor your nodules for any change or growth. Nodules that grow quickly may require a biopsy to check for cancer. You may need to be monitored for 1 to 2 years. Write down your questions so you remember to ask them during your visits.

Do not smoke:

If you smoke, it is never too late to quit. Smoking increases your risk of lung cancer. Ask your healthcare provider for more information if you need help quitting.

Contact your healthcare provider if:

  • You have chest cold symptoms that do not get better.
  • You have questions or concerns about your condition or care.

Return to the emergency department if:

  • You cannot think clearly.
  • You suddenly feel lightheaded or are short of breath.
  • Your lips or nails look blue or pale.
  • You have chest pain when you take a deep breath or cough.
  • You cough up blood.

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The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.