Lung spots, which are also referred to as pulmonary nodules or lung masses, are small growths that can be found in the lungs. While they can appear on imaging tests, these spots do not typically cause pain or other physical symptoms. Thus, they often go undetected unless specific imaging is ordered for the diagnosis of a particular medical condition. The type of lung spot will determine whether the lesion is malignant or benign – the former being cancerous and the latter being harmless.
There are several different types of lung spots, including solid nodules, ground-glass opacities, and cysts. Lung spots can be caused by a variety of factors, including infections, inflammation, and exposure to toxins or chemicals. They are typically detected through imaging tests such as a chest x-ray, CT scan, or PET scan.
Therefore, if lung spots are suspected, additional analysis such as a biopsy will provide a better understanding of the nature of the spot before recommended next steps for treatment or management plans are discussed with your provider. It’s important to remember that lung spots do not always indicate serious health concerns; however, as with any medical condition regular medical check-ups and follow-up appointments may help your provider keep track of changes related to them.