Benign lung tumors
Causes and risk factors
Men are susceptible to this disease in a slightly higher percentage (approximately 2-3: 1).
Which are the symptoms?
They are asymptomatic and are usually an incidental finding on chest x-rays. They may appear as single or multiple nodules and grow slowly. The radiologic appearance may also look like a thickening.
How is it diagnosed?
Radiologic examinations can help make a presumptive diagnosis of benignity: this also applies to invasive diagnostic procedures such as CT-guided needle aspiration, although CT-guided cytologic examination is not always conclusive for making a diagnosis. Fibrobronchoscopy may be useful for central and large lesions.
How is it treated?
If the diagnosis remains unclear, surgical removal of the lesion may be indicated.