What Is a Lung Nodule?

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By james
Jul 29, 2020
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You can think of our lungs as a type of bag that inflates and deflates much like balloons do. With each inhalation, the lungs draw oxygen laden air into them. This air is then dissolved into the body through the lining of the lungs. The oxygen they provided us with is essential for our survival, so it pays to keep them in good condition.

As with other parts of the body, the lungs are prone to developing growths and other issues. There are various types that can develop on the lungs and these are known as lung nodules depending on their size.

1. Lung Nodules

Lung nodules are small growths on the lungs. They are less than 3 centimeters in diameter and, if they are any larger, then they are categorized as lung masses instead. They are often referred to as lung spots or coin lesions for the way they show up in x-rays or CT-scans.

Lung nodules are fairly common and, in most cases, they are not dangerous. Regardless, it is still wise to treat them accordingly when discovered, and it is also wise to try and prevent them from occurring. There is no sure way to do this, but avoiding potentially harmful activities like smoking can help.

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