A 27-year-old male asked:
will copd show up on a chest ct scan? my pulmonologist said the tissues look "normal".
1 doctor answer
Dr. Dennis Clifford answered
42 years experience Pulmonary Critical Care
Yes: Depending on the severity of the copd, it will show up on a ct scan. There can be emphysema and airway thickening which represents chronic bronchitis. However, the diagnosis of COPD is not made radiologically, but by pulmonary function tests which are much more sensitive. It would be unusual to see COPD in someone less than 40 years of age. Unless due to alpha-1-antitrypsin deficiency.
Answered on Sep 30, 2017
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