A 27-year-old female asked:
thin ex smoker 28yo shows hyperinflated lungs in x-ray would it indicate asthma or copd?12 pack year history. fev values normal.odds of emphysema?
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Dr. Kristin Sokol answered
11 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Difficult todiagnose: A chest Xray alone cannot give detailed information about whether a patient has asthma vs. COPD. Many factors must be taken into account. A full set of pulmonary function testing in a physician's office with FEV1, FVC, DLCO etc. and a detailed history and physical examination is the first step.
Answered on Aug 14, 2018
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