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Solitary Pulmonary Nodule
Pavani Thotakura, MD; Hollins Clark, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Top Differential Diagnoses

      TERMINOLOGY

      • Definitions

        • Solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN)
          • Single, small (< 3 cm), solid or subsolid parenchymal opacity
          • Differential diagnosis includes neoplasm, infection, inflammation, vascular, and congenital etiologies

      IMAGING

      • Nuclear Medicine Findings

        • CT Findings

          DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

            PATHOLOGY

            • General Features

              CLINICAL ISSUES

              • Presentation

                • Natural History & Prognosis

                  DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                  • Image Interpretation Pearls

                    • Reporting Tips

                      Selected References

                      1. Nasim F et al: Management of the solitary pulmonary nodule. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 25(4):344-53, 2019
                      2. Bueno J et al: Updated Fleischner Society guidelines for managing incidental pulmonary nodules: common questions and challenging scenarios. Radiographics. 38(5):1337-50, 2018
                      3. MacMahon H et al: Guidelines for management of incidental pulmonary nodules detected on CT images: From the Fleischner Society 2017. Radiology. 161659, 2017
                      4. Erasmus JJ et al: Solitary pulmonary nodules: Part I. Morphologic evaluation for differentiation of benign and malignant lesions. Radiographics. 20(1):43-58, 2000
                      5. Erasmus JJ et al: Solitary pulmonary nodules: Part II. Evaluation of the indeterminate nodule. Radiographics. 20(1):59-66, 2000
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                      KEY FACTS

                      • Terminology

                        • Top Differential Diagnoses

                          TERMINOLOGY

                          • Definitions

                            • Solitary pulmonary nodule (SPN)
                              • Single, small (< 3 cm), solid or subsolid parenchymal opacity
                              • Differential diagnosis includes neoplasm, infection, inflammation, vascular, and congenital etiologies

                          IMAGING

                          • Nuclear Medicine Findings

                            • CT Findings

                              DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                PATHOLOGY

                                • General Features

                                  CLINICAL ISSUES

                                  • Presentation

                                    • Natural History & Prognosis

                                      DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                      • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                        • Reporting Tips

                                          Selected References

                                          1. Nasim F et al: Management of the solitary pulmonary nodule. Curr Opin Pulm Med. 25(4):344-53, 2019
                                          2. Bueno J et al: Updated Fleischner Society guidelines for managing incidental pulmonary nodules: common questions and challenging scenarios. Radiographics. 38(5):1337-50, 2018
                                          3. MacMahon H et al: Guidelines for management of incidental pulmonary nodules detected on CT images: From the Fleischner Society 2017. Radiology. 161659, 2017
                                          4. Erasmus JJ et al: Solitary pulmonary nodules: Part I. Morphologic evaluation for differentiation of benign and malignant lesions. Radiographics. 20(1):43-58, 2000
                                          5. Erasmus JJ et al: Solitary pulmonary nodules: Part II. Evaluation of the indeterminate nodule. Radiographics. 20(1):59-66, 2000