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There are usually no symptoms.
A solitary pulmonary nodule is usually found on a chest x-ray. If x-rays repeated over time show the nodule size has remain unchanged for 2 years, it is generally considered benign.
A chest CT scan is often done to look at a solitary pulmonary nodule in more detail.
Other tests used to examine a solitary pulmonary nodule may include:
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