A 27-year-old male asked:
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Is my chest xray emphysema or allergy ?

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Dr. Lokesh Guglani
20 years experience in Pediatric Pulmonology
Cannot tell on X-ray: The diagnosis of emphysema or allergies cannot be made with a chest x-ray alone. Please consult your doctor for a thorough evaluation. If there are concerns about your chest x-ray, you could seek the opinion of a lung specialist.
Answered on Aug 15, 2014
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