New updated guidelines provide guidance for what to do when a solitary pulmonary nodule is discovered on imaging. Among the recommendations: Obtain prior imaging; stability over 2 years does not require any further follow up. If no prior imaging for solid nodules <8mm, follow the Fleischner Society guidelines; if solid >8mm assess risk of cancer based on imaging and clinical history and proceed based on guidelines from the ACCP. Subsolid <5mm do not require follow up, but >5mm does. The full guidelines can be found here (guidelines).
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.