Pulmonary Incidentalomas

  • Anne Cameron Coates
  • Robert G. Zwerdling


An incidentaloma is an unexpected finding unrelated to the patient’s primary problem or an expected finding that requires additional evaluation but is eventually found to be irrelevant to the management of the patient. Widespread use of advanced imaging techniques increases the risk of discovering such findings. As a result, clinicians face the dual problems of deciding on the best course of action with respect to these findings in asymptomatic patients and how to lessen the chance of finding them in the first place. Currently, there is a paucity of data or guidelines addressing this situation in the young. We should accomplish this in as safe, nontraumatic, and cost-effective manner as possible.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital at StanfordPalo AltoUSA
  2. 2.UMass Memorial Medical CenterWorcesterUSA

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