The x-ray report probably said hyper-inflation. It means that the lungs appear to be overly expanded, something that can be an early sign of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a somewhat subjective interpretation by the radiologist and not a good way to make the diagnosis. Pulmonary function tests (PFTs) are a much better way and your results are not at all suggestive of COPD. The results do not show obstruction.
If anything the results are more consistent with restriction, or restrictive lung disease, a term that implies that one’s lungs are smaller than predicted. In this regard, your results are within normal limits, albeit at the lower range of normal values. Normal lung function is a wide range of values, rather than a normal value. The predicted value is the mean value of that range.
However, since the issue of restrictive lung disease has been raised and, especially if you have any respiratory symptoms, such as shortness of breath with exertion, you should consider discussing these findings with a lung specialist, also known as a pulmonologist.
Copyright 1994-2018MedHelp.All rights reserved. MedHelp is a division of Vitals Consumer Services, LLC.
The Content on this Site is presented in a summary fashion, and is intended to be used for educational and entertainment purposes only. It is not intended to be and should not be interpreted as medical advice or a diagnosis of any health or fitness problem, condition or disease; or a recommendation for a specific test, doctor, care provider, procedure, treatment plan, product, or course of action. MedHelp is not a medical or healthcare provider and your use of this Site does not create a doctor / patient relationship. We disclaim all responsibility for the professional qualifications and licensing of, and services provided by, any physician or other health providers posting on or otherwise referred to on this Site and/or any Third Party Site. Never disregard the medical advice of your physician or health professional, or delay in seeking such advice, because of something you read on this Site. We offer this Site AS IS and without any warranties. By using this Site you agree to the following Terms and Conditions. If you think you may have a medical emergency, call your physician or 911 immediately.