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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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Dr. Sandra Lora Cremers
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...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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Is COPD severe when it shows hyperinflated lungs and flattened diaphragm on chest X-ray?

Is COPD severe when it shows hyperinflated lungs and flattened diaphragm on chest X-ray?

COPD: The simple answer is YES! However, I don't understand why your specialist is not treating you better! Please let me know how things go. ...Read more

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Wouldn't a echocardiogram show early heart failure? Also wouldn't a stethoscope and chest X-ray show copd?

Wouldn't a echocardiogram show early heart failure? Also wouldn't a stethoscope and chest X-ray show copd?

No...: An echocardiogram will not show the fluid in the lungs so it will not diagnose early heart failure. Copd, by definition, has chronic airways obstruction which is diagnosed via pulmonary function testing. This is the only way to differentiate COPD from asthma, both of which can give the same stethoscope and x-ray findings. ...Read more

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A recent chest xray my mom had done to check for metastasis showed no cancer spread but COPD or asthma. I'm confused about what xray may have shown?

A recent chest xray my mom had done to check for metastasis showed no cancer spread but COPD or asthma. I'm confused about what xray may have shown?

Distended Lung: The findings that were seen on the chest x-ray would include some over-inflation of the lung typically seen in COPD (any smoking history?) or asthma. A much better report than metastatic nodules! ...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?

No: A chest x-ray may be suggestive of these disorders, but not confirmatory. The definitive test would be pulmonary function testing. ...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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 a chest x ray that showed hyper inflated lungs. everything else was normal. I smoke. I am a 51 year old female. is this copd?

I had a chest x ray that showed hyper inflated lungs.  everything else was normal.  I smoke.  I am a 51 year old female.  is this copd?

Yes, it may: and it should be followed up with pulmonary function studies, which can definitively show whether airway obstruction is present, and if so, how severe it is. YOU NEED TO STOP SMOKING before your lungs are so damaged that little reversal is possible. At this stage, if you stop, significant improvement can usually occur. Please get help from a pulmonary physician or your PCP, and support groups. ...Read more

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How does COPD look on a chest x-ray?

How does COPD look on a chest x-ray?

Overaeration: Abnormal chest X-ray findings are usually not seen until COPD is severe. In this case, X-ray may show: flattening of diaphragms, the large muscle that separates lungs and heart from the abdominal cavity.Increased size of the chest, as measured from front to back. Abnormal air collections within the lung (focal bullae). ...Read more

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Could you tell me how copd and IPF, differ on a chest x-ray?

Could you tell me how copd and IPF, differ on a chest x-ray?

COPD: tends to cause increased lung volumes(hyperinflation, flattened diaphragm), IPF does not. COPD often results in lung destruction with bulla formation, so the lungs look hyperlucent(darker) on xray, IPF does not, IPF causes fibrosis/scarring, resulting in increased "lung markings". There are other distinctions, but not enough space here! ...Read more

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My husband had a chest X-ray it showed linear s string on left base. He's a heavy smoker. Could this be start of cancer or copd? Should we ignore it?

My husband had a chest X-ray it showed linear s string on left base. He's a heavy smoker. Could this be start of cancer or copd? Should we ignore it?

CT chest: I would recommend further testing with a ct scan of the chest and a pulmonary function test. There is no question that he needs to quit smoking since he is at risk of heart attacks and cancers of the lung, throat, lips, tongue, stomach and bladder. ...Read more

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My father is 72 he has COPD and is being referred for a chest X-ray for sinister lesions is this likely to be cancer?

My father is 72 he has COPD and is being referred for a chest X-ray for sinister lesions is this likely to be cancer?

Low likelihood: If he has COPD due in part to smoking history, then the risk of lung cancer is higher than in non-smokers. That said, most lesions seen on chest x-ray do not turn out to be cancer. If a lesion was noted on a prior chest x-ray, then it probably did not have features exhibited by typical tumors, thus the wait-and-see approach. This x-ray will be compared to evaluate for growth/changes ...Read more

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My husband had a chest X-ray it showed linear scarring on left base. He is a heavy smoker could this be start of cancer or copd? Should we ignore it?

My husband had a chest X-ray it showed linear scarring on left base. He is a heavy smoker could this be start of cancer or copd? Should we ignore it?

Should be evaluated: The presence of radiologic abnormalities that are persistent in a heavy smoker should be evaluated completely. Several factors need to be taken into consideration while determining further course of action. Talk to a lung specialist in your area for a more detailed assessment to find out the cause for those xray changes. ...Read more

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I had a chest x ray done and it showed hyperinflated lungs from COPD   I do smoke and I have been having trouble breathing. Can COPD be seen on x ray?

I had a chest x ray done and it showed hyperinflated lungs from COPD   I do smoke and I have been having trouble breathing. Can COPD be seen on x ray?

Suggestive yes: a chest X-ray can suggest the presence of COPD based on findings such as hyper inflated lungs, flattened hemidiaphragms and other signs such as hyperlucent lung parenchyma. The imaging findings and the exam findings performed by your primary or pulmonary doctor help to confirm the diagnosis. ...Read more

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Can COPD be seen on chest x-ray?

Can COPD be seen on chest x-ray?

Overaeration: Abnormal chest X-ray findings are usually not seen until COPD is severe. X-ray may show flattening of diaphragms, large muscle that separates lungs and heart from the abdominal cavity and increased size of the chest, as measured from front to back.Abnormal air collections within the lung (focal bullae) However definite COPD requires pulmonary function testing.Xray findings alone not diagnostic. ...Read more

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My chest X-ray showed low to moderate air trapping.Do I have copd?

My chest X-ray showed low to moderate air trapping.Do I have copd?

Possibly: Possibly, but the diagnosis should be made with pulmonary function tests. Other things can cause the chest X-ray appearance of hyper expansion/air trapping. ...Read more

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Dr. Michael Gabor
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Xray Of Chest (Definition)

A chest x-ray is the basic radiographic study for evaluation of the heart and lungs. It usually consists of 2 views: postero-anterior and lateral. The image is now usually acquired digitally with the sensor placed against the front of the chest for the pa view and on the left side of the chest for the lateral view. Pneumonia, heart enlargement, CHF and many other ...Read more


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