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What can cause copd like changes on x-ray?

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Dr. Robert Killian
General Practice 29 years experience
COPD: COPD leads to loss of elasticity in the lungs and they cannot contract easily to keep the lungs opening and closing to exchange carbon dioxide for oxygen. They begin to balloon and expand and lead to large empty shadows with flattened bottoms seen on xray. The lungs are not rounded or normal size on xray. COPD is easily diagnosed by xray.
Dr. Mario Mangas
Internal Medicine 39 years experience
COPD and CXR: chest X-ray is not a sensitive tool for COPD! Commonly rays are interpreted as demonstrating hyperinflation and. Usually. This is referred to as emphysema or COPD. These changes occur with loss of elasticity in the lung as we all age. Diseases such as asthma may also resemble COPD radiographically.

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