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Is it possible to have mild emphysema with a normal chest x-ray?

8 doctors weighed in
Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
3 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

Emphysema can occur with a normal chest xray.
Mild changes may only be visible with ct scan, however the underlying physiologic abnormality with emphysema or COPD is diagnosed with pulmonary function tests which measure lung function and involve breathing into a device which can measure aspects while breathing.

In brief: Yes

Emphysema can occur with a normal chest xray.
Mild changes may only be visible with ct scan, however the underlying physiologic abnormality with emphysema or COPD is diagnosed with pulmonary function tests which measure lung function and involve breathing into a device which can measure aspects while breathing.
Dr. Michael DePietro
Dr. Michael DePietro
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Dr. Martin Linder
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree

In brief: Yes

It is common for patients with mild emphysema to have a normal chest x-ray.
A more sensitive exam is to perform pulmonary function tests.

In brief: Yes

It is common for patients with mild emphysema to have a normal chest x-ray.
A more sensitive exam is to perform pulmonary function tests.
Dr. Martin Linder
Dr. Martin Linder
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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Yes...

You may have a normal x-ray as well as physical exam in copd.
You may have no symptoms. Pulmonary function testing will reveal the chronic airway obstruction. Once present, it is imperative that you quit smoking to decrease airway inflammation.

In brief: Yes...

You may have a normal x-ray as well as physical exam in copd.
You may have no symptoms. Pulmonary function testing will reveal the chronic airway obstruction. Once present, it is imperative that you quit smoking to decrease airway inflammation.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine

In brief: Yes

In the case of mild emphysema pulmonary function testing by pulmonologist ( physician trained in respiratory diseases) would be more sensitive for these changes in respiratory function.

In brief: Yes

In the case of mild emphysema pulmonary function testing by pulmonologist ( physician trained in respiratory diseases) would be more sensitive for these changes in respiratory function.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Dr. Gerald Mandell
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