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Doctor insights on: Asthma X Ray Chest

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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28/male/non smoker/Asthma/GERD. Chest x-ray for tightness/dyspnea showed interstitium slighty coarse with no acute abnormalities. Concerned, IPF?

28/male/non smoker/Asthma/GERD. Chest x-ray for tightness/dyspnea showed interstitium slighty coarse with no acute abnormalities. Concerned, IPF?

Talk to doctor: Chest x-ray is not a good way to diagnose IPF. From what I can see, the likelihood is low. But if you are concerned there are more accurate way to rule out IPF (HRCT chest, DLCO/PFT etc). ...Read more

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Can a chest X-ray diagnose asthma?

Can a chest X-ray diagnose asthma?

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. ...Read more

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Can a chest X-ray confirm asthma or c o p d?

Can a chest X-ray confirm asthma or c o p d?

Chest xray: A chest xray may help confirm copd, but pulmonary function tests can give more information about asthma vs copd. See a pulmonologist for further workup. ...Read more

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Can you have asthma and have a clear chest x-ray?

Can you have asthma and have a clear chest x-ray?

Usually normal: Chest x-ray is better in viewing the lung tissue but asthma involves mainly the airways bringing to air to the lung tissue. In most cases, the chest x-ray would be normal although the finding of an over-inflated lung, if present, is suggestive of air trapping which however is not unique for asthma. ...Read more

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If I had COPD or asthma will it show on a chest x ray?

If I had COPD or asthma will it show on a chest x ray?

No...: Neither COPD nor asthma is diagnosed by x-ray but other diseases can be ruled out by getting a chest x-ray, like pneumonia, congestive heart failure, pneumothorax, etc. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray indicated my lungs are hyper-inflated. What causes this? No asthma & non-smoker.

My chest X-ray indicated my lungs are hyper-inflated. What causes this? No asthma & non-smoker.

Smoke-damaged lungs: Hyperinflated lungs implies smoke-damage, which leads to emphysema, which leads to copd. If you haven't already, stop smoking -- you will live 10 years longer than your 42yo friends that keep smoking! The inhalers you're using are #1 steroid for lung inflammation, and #2 bronchodilator for coughing/wheezing. With luck, after 1-2mo you can stop #2 and maintain on #1, assuming you can quit smoking. ...Read more

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Is it ok to have my chest X-ray this month even if I had it last january, because my doctor advised me to have my x-ray. I have asthma, ang I have a history of pneumonia last 2009.

Is it ok to have my chest X-ray this month even if I had it last january, because my doctor advised me to have my x-ray. I have asthma, ang I have a history of pneumonia last 2009.

Yes.: Yes. Although I understand your concerns regarding radiation exposure, follow-up cxrs are important. We routinely re-check cxrs to follow nodules or to ensure pneumonia is resolving among other reasons. Also, new symptoms or concerns can prompt a repeat cxr. ...Read more

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Iv been for a chest X-ray it was clear did some breathing test and blood test ther testing my for asthma or COPD but they have ask me to come back?

Iv been for a chest X-ray it was clear did some breathing test and blood test ther testing my for asthma or COPD but they have ask me to come back?

And your question?: It appears that they have not finished their evaluation. Each test provides a bit of information, and the results of one often lead to the need for another. You did not ask a specific question, but nothing you stated leads to any specific conclusion. ...Read more

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I have asthma and allergies. I take 4 puffs of advair everyday. Yet lately I notice that I'm getting a lot more clumpy white phlegm that I'm trying to bring up. I did a chest X-ray 3-5 months ago and I was told its ok. What could be the reason as its a li

I have asthma and allergies. I take 4 puffs of advair everyday. Yet lately I notice that I'm getting a lot more clumpy white phlegm that I'm trying to bring up. I did a chest X-ray 3-5 months ago and I was told its ok. What could be the reason as its a li

Difficult to answer: In general, the cough that comes from asthma is not productive of "clumpy white phlegm." I would question whether or not the cough is due to something else (infection, chronic bronchitis, reflux, etc.). The normal chest xray is reassuring but doesn't rule out the above. I would recommend seeing an asthma/allergy specialist in your area. ...Read more

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Most likely cause of shortness of breath if lung function good chest X-ray clear and no asthma or allergies?

Most likely cause of shortness of breath if lung function good chest X-ray clear and no asthma or allergies?

More details needed: Do you have SOB at rest or only with or after exercise? Do you have trouble getting air in or pushing air out? Do you have trouble talking whenever you have such an attack? Do you have any pounding in your chest? Do you have anemia? Providing such info will likely get you a better answer. Since there are so many causes of SOB ...Read more

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What is the relationship with high neutrophil and asthma? I have had morning cough from nov-jan. Chest X-ray is clear; wheezing and sob on exam.

What is the relationship with high neutrophil and asthma? I have had morning cough from nov-jan. Chest X-ray is clear; wheezing and sob on exam.

Not too much: A high neutrophil count on a CBC (complete blood count) can be found after a patient has taken Prednisone (oral steroids). It can also be seen under times of "stress" including bacterial infections. There are various forms of asthma where there is high neutrophil count in the sputum coughed from the lungs-this includes some occupational asthma and severe non-allergic asthma. ...Read more

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Why is it that pneumonitis is common in doing chest X-ray as I have a very mild asthma according to the doctor who ordered pft to me? Also one doctor ordered antibiotic but symptoms of frequent cough still there and other doctor had given me corticosteroi

Why is it that pneumonitis is common in doing chest X-ray as I have a very mild asthma according to the doctor who ordered pft to me? Also one doctor ordered antibiotic but symptoms of frequent cough still there and other doctor had given me corticosteroi

Stick with 1 person: Sounds like you are shopping around for opinions. If you have chronic cough that is productive, there can be many causes. Working with one pulmonologist will help you get at the root of the problem. Asthma doesn't usually cause a productive cough, and most bronchitis is viral, so antibiotics won't work. Post nasal drip, allergies, chronic bronchitis, bronchiolitis, bronchiectasis, reflux, etc. ...Read more

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I can't take a full breath It feels tight behind my breast bone slight ache chest X-ray clear never had asthma? Had for 2 months was 1st sore throet

I can't take a full breath It feels tight behind my breast bone slight ache chest X-ray clear never had asthma? Had for 2 months was 1st sore throet

Possible reflux: You may want to talk to your physician about possible gastroesophageal reflux disease. GERD caused by increased gastric acid into the esophagus. The initial sore throat may have been your first symptoms which has now progressed to the pain you feel. Follow up with your doctor and discuss this as a possible explanation of your symptoms. ...Read more

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I've had chest tightness & shortness of breath, yet chest X-ray & CT scan normal. Doctor ruled out asthma & not anxiety. What could it be?

I've had chest tightness & shortness of breath, yet chest X-ray & CT scan normal. Doctor ruled out asthma & not anxiety. What could it be?

Not sure: Could still be anxiety...also ribs out of place can cause problems and a chiropractor can help with that. It will not shoe on an xray. Allergies can contribute...consider stopping all DAIRY and GLUTEN and see if that helps. Also acupuncture can be amazing beneficial. Look into other options. You are the one with the symptoms so it is something- just not necessarily anything bad. ...Read more

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I had pain/ pressure in my chest/below my heart. I was sent for x-rays and it showed hyperinflated lungs but I don't have asthma, not sick, non smoker?

I had pain/ pressure in my chest/below my heart. I was sent for x-rays and it showed hyperinflated lungs but I don't have asthma, not sick, non smoker?

Maybe: Hyperinflation of lungs is sign of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (COPD). There are several types of COPD asthma being only one of several. Need more test and history to be specific. ...Read more

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Chronic cough for 9 months. Pulmonary testing suggests no asthma. 3 courses steroid and steriod inhaler. No improvement. WBC normal clear chest x-rays?

Chronic cough for 9 months. Pulmonary testing suggests no asthma. 3 courses steroid and steriod inhaler. No improvement. WBC normal clear chest x-rays?

Other causes: 95% of chronic cough is caused by one of the following: asthma, reflux, or allergies.

Allergies cause inflammation in the nose and sinuses, and your airway responds uniformly.

Reflux does not have to actually come up into your mouth or go into the lungs to cause a cough. It can stimulate the nerves that the esophagus share with the diaphragm.

I would investigate the causes other than asthma. ...Read more