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Pulmonary Nodules

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Jun 5, 2024.

What are pulmonary nodules?

Pulmonary nodules are areas of abnormal tissue in your lungs. You may not have any symptoms, or you may have chest tightness, a cough, chest pain, or shortness of breath. Nodules are usually found with an x-ray or CT scan. Most nodules are not cancerous. However, it is still important for you to return for follow-up testing to monitor your condition.

What increases my risk for pulmonary nodules?

How are pulmonary nodules managed?

How can I decrease my risk for lung cancer?

Do not smoke. Nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes and cigars can cause lung damage or cancer. Stay away from others who smoke. Ask your healthcare provider for information if you or someone close to you currently smokes and needs help to quit. E-cigarettes or smokeless tobacco still contain nicotine. Talk to your healthcare provider before you use these products.

Call 911 for any of the following:

When should I seek immediate care?

When should I contact my healthcare provider?

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