Management of Subsolid Lung Nodules

Authoring Organization

Publication Month/Year

June 14, 2024

Last Updated Month/Year

July 12, 2024

Document Type


Country of Publication


Document Objectives

Lung cancers that present as radiographic subsolid nodules represent a subtype with distinct biological behavior and outcomes. The objective of this document is to review the existing literature and report consensus among a group of multidisciplinary experts, providing specific recommendations for the clinical management of subsolid nodules. Despite the complex nature of the decision-making process in the management of subsolid nodules, consensus on several key recommendations was achieved by this American Association for Thoracic Surgery expert panel. These recommendations, based on evidence and a modified Delphi method, provide guidance for thoracic surgeons and other medical professionals who care for patients with subsolid nodules.

Inclusion Criteria

Male, Female, Adolescent, Adult, Child, Older adult

Health Care Settings

Ambulatory, Outpatient, Radiology services, Operating and recovery room

Intended Users

Nurse, nurse practitioner, physician, physician assistant, radiology technologist


Diagnosis, Assessment and screening, Treatment, Management


NSCLC, non–small cell lung cancer, lung nodules, pulmonary nodules, ground-glass opacity, subsolid

Source Citation

Chen H, Kim AW, Hsin M, Shrager JB, Prosper AE, Wahidi MM, Wigle DA, Wu CC, Huang J, Yasufuku K, Henschke CI, Suzuki K, Tailor TD, Jones DR, Yanagawa J. The 2023 American Association for Thoracic Surgery (AATS) Expert Consensus Document: Management of subsolid lung nodules. J Thorac Cardiovasc Surg. 2024 Jun 7:S0022-5223(24)00361-1. doi: 10.1016/j.jtcvs.2024.02.026. Epub ahead of print. PMID: 38878052.