I have a 2 mm solitary pulmonary nodule. Is this serious?

Q. I have a 2 mm solitary pulmonary nodule. Is this serious?

Answered by
Dr. Anshul Varshney
and medically reviewed by iCliniq medical review team.
This is a premium question & answer published on Feb 28, 2018 and last reviewed on: Aug 04, 2023

Hello doctor,

I am a 74-year-old male, weighing 142 lbs, height 5 feet 10 inches, and a non-smoker. I worked in an auto body shop for two years and painted cars for 18 to 19 years. Had minimal exposure to asbestos and quitting grain farming at the age of 44 years. When I was 56 years old, I had a severe panic disorder and MVP. Around three months ago, I had a very small amount of blood in my phlegm when clearing my throat about six times. The doctor said that it was due to a blood vessel breakage but ordered a pulmonary function test and chest CT to be sure. The pulmonary function test done two months back was normal. Chest CT findings showed no bronchiectasis or interstitial lung disease and no pneumothorax or pleural effusion. There is very minimal atelectasis in the left and right lower lobes. There is a 2 mm pleural-based RT, lower lobe pulmonary nodule, and no additional nodule or mass. My pulmonary doctor said nothing was seriously wrong.

What is your opinion? Should I have follow-ups on the 2 mm nodule? What did minimal atelectasis mean, and what caused it? I take no medicines except Ativan PRN.



Welcome to icliniq.com.

See, solitary pulmonary nodule, which is asymptomatic, does not require any further investigations. However, any persisting fever, cough, and cold warrants bronchoscopy and biopsy of the lesion to rule out any possible causes.

Atelectasis is the collapse of the alveoli of the lung. So, that needs an evaluation from my side. I would suggest a bronchoscopy for you based on your current scenario.

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