The Fleischner Society Guidelines for management of solid nodules were published in , and separate guidelines for subsolid nodules were issued in The Fleischner Society has once again updated guidelines addressing incidentally discovered pulmonary nodules. Key differences from Diagnostic criteria for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis: a Fleischner Society White Guidelines for Management of Incidental Pulmonary Nodules Detected on CT.

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Solid nodules Solid pulmonary nodules can represent various etiologies: Subsequent management based on the most suspicious nodule s. To save favorites, you must log in.

In another article we presented some features that can help to differentiate between benign and malignant lesions click here Unfortunately, there is considerable overlap and often no definitive answer can be given based on imaging morphology. PFNs can show significant growth rates on fleischneg imaging, sometimes comparable to malignant nodules. In these cases, follow-up should be considered. This is not a typical sign of malignancy, but merely a result of their presumed lymphatic origin.

CT in 3 to 6 months, then consider CT at 18 to 24 months.

Previously, it was recommended to repeat imaging after 3 months, however, this interval has been increased to 12 months. Perifissural nodules are a separate entity, and likely represent intrapulmonary lymph nodes.

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Because of the slower growth rate, the total follow-up period for persistent subsolid nodules has been increased to 5 years. Fleischner Society Guidelines for Incidental Pulmonary Nodules Provides guidelines for management of solid and subsolid pulmonary nodules.


No reliable distinction can be made radiologically, although studies suggest that larger size and a solid component are associated with more invasive behaviour. Choose the appropriate features.

If unchanged, consider CT in 2 and 4 years. This confirmed prior results of Ahn et fleishcner. A new pathology-based classification for adenocarcinoma was introduced in and this current classification makes distinction between: Previously a high-risk subject was identified based on a history of heavy smoking, history of lung cancer in a first-degree relative or exposure to asbestos, radon or uranium.

CT in 3 to 6 months, then obtain CT in 18 to 24 months. Transient subsolid nodules usually represent infection or alveolar hemorrhage.

CT in 6 to 12 months guodelines confirm persitance, then CT every 2 years until 5 years. To differentiate between transient or persistent subsolid nodules a follow-up CT should be obtained. For this reason the Fleischner guideline for the management of pulmonary nodules separates high- and low-risk, and does not apply to subjects younger than 35 years, immunocompromised patients or patients with cancer [1]. In the Fleischner guidelines nodule dimensions can be obtained using either 2D caliper measurements or 3D nodule volumetry.

Subsolid nodule SSN A pulmonary nodule with at least partial groundglass appearance Groundglass Opacification with a higher density than the surrounding tissue, not obscuring underlying bronchovascular structures.

Fleischner Society Guidelines for Pulmonary Nodules

In part-solid subsolid nodules both the total nodule as well as the solid component dimensions should be measured separately, both using the abovementioned averaging technique. These images show a pure groundglass subsolid nodule in the right guidelies lobe. These new guidelines should reduce the number of unnecessary follow-up examinations and provide clear management decisions.

CT in 6 to 12 months, then obtain CT in 18 to 24 months.


Fleischner 2017 guideline for pulmonary nodules

Manual 2D caliper measurements should be based on the average of the long- and short-axis diameters of the nodule.

For nodule size, use the average of long and short axes and round to the nearest millimeter. Perifissural lung nodules are usually benign, unless suspicious nodule morphology is present reference. The currently available guidelines recommend that when small nodules have a perifissural or other juxtapleural location and a morphology consistent with an intrapulmonary lymph node, follow-up CT is fleiscyner recommended, even if the average dimension exceeds 6 mm.

CT in 3 to 6 months, then obtain CT at 18 to 24 months. Enter your email address and we’ll send you a link to reset your password. Incidental pulmonary nodules on imaging can be challenging to evaluate. In the updated Fleischner Society guideline was published[1].

In a study by Henschke et al. Most subsolid nodules are transient and the result of infection or hemorrhage. Pulmonary nodules can be divided into solid lesions and subsolid lesions, which can be further subdivided into part-solid and pure ground glass nodules. Kidney Size – Peds. Now, it is aimed for to separate high-risk lesions from low-risk ones by considering more parameters than subject characteristics alone See Table. The latter differentiates between a typical and atypical PFN see Figure.

Manual 2D caliper measurements should be rounded to the nearest whole millimeter. On follow-up CT this proved to be a transient subsolid nodule.