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Lung Cancer

Non calcified nodule

11/17/2009

Question:

My 16 year old son had a ct scan yesterday for pain behind his ribs. The sight of pain came out clear but they said they found a non calcified 4mm left upper lobe subplural nodule and should be rechecked in 1 year. Do you think I should have a second opinion?

Answer:

A 4mm nodule in a 16 y/o is extremely unlikely to be cancer.  I agree with repeating the chest CT in one year.  

I hope this helps. 

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Response by:

Sandra L Starnes, MD Sandra L Starnes, MD
Assistant Professor of Surgery
College of Medicine
University of Cincinnati