Frontal and lateral views of the chest show no evidence of actue infiltrate or focal consolidation. There are bilateral hyperinflated lungs, suggest clinical correlation for COPD. No pulmonary venous congestion is noted. No pleural effusion or pneumothorax is noted. The trachea is midline. The cardiac silhouette appears unremarkable. The other mediastinal structures appear unremarkable. There is no evidence of acute displaced fracture or dislocation.
Impression: No acute pulmonary consolidation.
Possible COPD, suggest clinical correlation.
Trapping of air in one’s lungs, resulting in hyperinflation, is characteristic of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. It is not definitive, only suggestive. Now that this concern has arisen, you should request that your doctor order pulmonary function tests (PFTs). Such testing is the gold standard for making the diagnosis and you should not accept the diagnosis of COPD until such testing is performed.
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