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Is it possible to have mild emphysema but have a normal chest x-ray?
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Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Absolutely
Emphysema is really a diagnosis that can be seen on cat scan of the chest or on a microscope slide.
It is totally normal to have mild emphysema and have a normal chest xray. Even people with severe emphysema can sometimes have normal chest xrays.

In brief: Absolutely
Emphysema is really a diagnosis that can be seen on cat scan of the chest or on a microscope slide.
It is totally normal to have mild emphysema and have a normal chest xray. Even people with severe emphysema can sometimes have normal chest xrays.
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
Dr. Hesham Hassaballa
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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
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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology
In brief: Yes
A chest radiograph/xray can be normal early in copd.
Other tests such as a breathing test called pulmonary function (pfts) and a chest scan called a ct (computerized tomography) may be more sensitive at detecting early copd.

In brief: Yes
A chest radiograph/xray can be normal early in copd.
Other tests such as a breathing test called pulmonary function (pfts) and a chest scan called a ct (computerized tomography) may be more sensitive at detecting early copd.
Dr. Aaron Milstone
Dr. Aaron Milstone
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