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Doctor insights on: Hyperinflated Lungs

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Can hyperinflated lungs heal?

Can hyperinflated lungs heal?

That depends...: On the cause. Many disease states can cause 'hyperinflation'. Asthma, may cause hyperinflation that resolves after the acute state. However, emphysema causes hyperinflation due to destroyed lung tissue. Unfortunately, that does not 'heal'. If you smoke, quit! ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


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Does hyperinflated lungs mean large lungs?

Does hyperinflated lungs mean large lungs?

Yes & No: Hyperinflated lungs are larger but that's not good. Rather than being elastic, the lungs are more rigid and stretched out which makes them less efficient and less able to clear out stale air and contaminants. This is often seen in COPD. So, it's not like they're really larger in that there's more surface area for gas exchange. ...Read more

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How do you cure or reverse hyperinflated lungs?

How do you cure or reverse hyperinflated lungs?

COPD: Check with your doc unless this is a cxr report commenting on a deep inspiration. At your age there should not be emphysema. I suspect the radiologist commented on a very healthy lung but check with your doc. ...Read more

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What does it mean to have hyperinflated lungs? Does this mean that i'm going to die?

What does it mean to have hyperinflated lungs? Does this mean that i'm going to die?

Air trapping: Means you have air trapping disease. The degree and severity of it can be determined by a complete pulmonary function test, the fef25-75, fev1, dlco, mvo2 and cat scan thorax. The prognosis and morbidity will depend on these as well as the current cardiac status. Need to consult pulmonologist. ...Read more

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Can smoking cause hyperinflated lungs?

Can smoking cause hyperinflated lungs?

Yes: Smoking can lead on to develop emphysema, which causes hyperinflation sec to airtrapping. ...Read more

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Can hyperinflated lungs on X-ray be wrong?

Can hyperinflated lungs on X-ray be wrong?

Can be: With young, healthy people who are able to take and hold a very deep inspiration, the lungs may appear hyperinflated on the chest x-ray when they are actually normal. ...Read more

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Is there a cure for hyperinflated lungs. What is the cause of this. ?

Is there a cure for hyperinflated lungs. What is the cause of this. 
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R/O COPD: Over Inflated Lungs can be caused by COPD=CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE the majority is caused by tobacco abuse. You need full exam /labs /CHEST CT/ Pulmonary Function Tests PFTS with DLCO) Then depending on results a Pulmonary Consult with Lung Bronchoscopy and biopsy. ...Read more

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What to do if I have hyperinflated lungs and asthma?

What to do if I have hyperinflated lungs and asthma?

Strive for control: The goal of asthma treatment is best lung function possible, least amount of symptoms (day, night, exercise) all on the least amount of medications. Hyperinflation can be seen with uncontrolled asthma with air trapping, but best evaluated with spirometry. An asthma specialist can help you achieve the goals. ...Read more