A 37-year-old female asked:
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seeing pulmonarologist tomorrow for sob. chest x-ray, ekg and blood work all normal. could it be asthma, copd or emphysema? gp said lungs sound clear

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Dr. Gutti Rao
Dr. Gutti Rao answered
45 years experience Hospital-based practice
Further testing: It could be anything asthma, copd, emphysema or congestive heart failure etc. Good that you are going to a pulmonologist for thorough check up.
Answered on Mar 24, 2015
Dr. Mark Rasak
32 years experience Cardiology
Maybe: A full pulmonary function study with diffusion studies , a vo2 stress test and a high resolution ct of the lungs may be nedded to completely evaluate you shortness of breath. A simple cxr and physical exam is necessary but incomplete.
Answered on Dec 14, 2014
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Dr. David Shulan
40 years experience Allergy and Immunology
See pulmonologist: Many people with significant asthma, copd/emphysema can have at rest clear lungs. There can be other causes of shortness of breath.
Answered on Mar 24, 2015
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