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A 57-year-old female asked:

can a chest x-ray diagnose asthma?

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Dr. Anthony Leazzo
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No: Generally speaking asthma does not have radio graphic findings. COPD or emphysema does but they are different. Dx for asthma is made by clinical history, physical exam and with te help ofa pulmonary function test.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarberaanswered
Pediatrics 28 years experience
See below: On a chest x-ray there maybe flattening of the diaphragm, and or evidence of atelectisis, which may be due to asthma.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Allergy and Immunology 44 years experience
No: As dr. Labarbera points out findings on a chest x-ray can support a diagnosis of asthma. For example, asthma causes hyperinflation of the lungs that can be seen on chest x-ray (see photo). The chest radiograph is used in evaluation of the wheezing patient to rule-out other causes like infection, heart disease or a congenital mass.

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A 33-year-old member asked:

Is it ok to get a chest X-ray in the first trimester?

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Dr. Carolyn Thompson
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If necessary: Any type of test that exposes you to radiation (x-ray, cat scan) should generally be avoided in pregnancy. If such a test is medically necessary, the abdomen should be shielded with a lead apron to prevent exposure to the baby.
Dr. Christopher Powers
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In the first trimester, the uterus is still a pelvic organ, i.e., it still hasn't risen much above the pubic bone. Agree with adequate shielding, a chest xray will be no problem.
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No: Most women who have had breast reductions will find it difficult to nurse, and some may find it impossible. There's no harm in trying but it is important to be realistic. The operation relocates the nipple and disrupts the nerves that signal the brain to produce and release breast milk when the baby sucks. Sometimes there is adequate nerve function and with persistence nursing can succeed.
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How is the cause of abdominal pain determined without xray?

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Chronic wind causing pain in chest and down both arms.?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Doctor can evaluate: Is chronic wind the stomach gas & bloating, with a need to burp? Or, is chronic wind the intestinal gas, with a need to pass gas via the anus (fart)? Stomach gas and heartburn (reflux) can cause chest pains. Chest pains can also be spasms in the esophagus or angina pain (as in heart attack pain). The aorta is also in the chest. Pains going down the arms can also be effects on spinal cord nerves.

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