Guidelines for the Investigation and Management of Ground Glass Nodules

Jun Hee Lee, Jeong In Hong, Hyun Koo Kim

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The clinical significance of ground-glass nodules (GGNs) has been investigated in extensive clinical research for many years. The natural history of GGNs is known to be closely related to their size, proportion of solid components, and size progression over time. Based on these data, several guidelines for GGN management have been published worldwide. The indications for nonsurgical biopsy or surgical resection of GGNs are as follows: pure GGNs between 5 and 10 mm in size if they increase in size or show development of a solid component at follow-up, pure GGNs >10–15 mm that remain stable but persistent, part-solid nodules >8 mm persisting at follow-up, or part-solid nodules with a solid component >6 mm at follow-up.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)333-337
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Chest Surgery
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2021

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© 2021. The Korean Society for Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery


  • Ground glass nodules
  • Guideline
  • Non-small cell lung cancer
  • Preinvasive lung cancer
  • Surgery

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Pulmonary and Respiratory Medicine
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


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