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Monday, May 20, 2013
what is spiculated ?
Thank you for your question. Spiculated implies that a nodule has irregular or "jagged" borders. During the process of assessing a new lung nodule, in addition to assessing the chronicity, size and location of the nodule, we also consider radiographic appearance. While not definitive, a spiculated nodule raises the suspicion for malignancy as opposed to a nodule with smooth borders.
Patrick Nana-Sinkam, MD
Associate Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University