HomeAnswersPulmonology (Asthma Doctors)copdMy computed tomography scan shows chronic obstructive pulmonary disease despite having no symptoms. What could this be?

Can pulmonary function test help in detecting chronic obstructive pulmonary disease?


The following is an actual conversation between an iCliniq user and a doctor that has been reviewed and published as a Premium Q&A.

Medically reviewed by

iCliniq medical review team

Published At August 10, 2023
Reviewed AtAugust 23, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

My recent ER (emergency department) diagnosis, as a result of a CAT (computed tomography scan) scan, shows COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). However, there is no cough, no wheezing, normal blood pressure, and normal oxygen levels. I am experiencing extreme tiredness, lack of energy, and a general feeling of illness. I am waiting for a pulmonology appointment and it has been making me feel despondent. Currently, I am using an Albuterol inhaler every six hours and taking Trelegy once a day. Are there any possible alternatives to consider, as we are unable to get an appointment with a pulmonologist in the next two weeks? About four weeks ago, after the initial visit, I used Prednisone for five days and Doxycycline for a week.

Thank you.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

I understand your concern. I have carefully reviewed the detailed history you have provided. It is not possible to diagnose COPD without symptoms such as cough, dyspnea, and sputum production. Do you experience any of these symptoms? Another important risk factor for COPD is smoking, either firsthand or secondhand exposure. Do you have any smoking habits or exposure to smoke? Please reply with the answers to the questions above so that I can provide better guidance.

Thank you for choosing icliniq.

I am happy to help you and will always be available whenever you need me at icliniq.com.

Patient's Query

Thank you for the reply doctor,

So, the emergency room stated that the CT (computed tomography) scan showed COPD despite the absence of those symptoms. Several blood tests have shown nothing unusual. We have managed to schedule an appointment with a pulmonologist, but it is almost a month away. I feel really bad and have no energy. The Albuterol inhalers do not seem to provide noticeable relief, and I am finding it difficult to do anything other than walk. Do you have any other options or suggestions for me to pursue?


Welcome back to icliniq.com.

As I mentioned earlier, symptoms are typically present in almost all COPD patients. Nearly all COPD patients either have a smoking habit or have been exposed to secondhand smoke. To diagnose COPD, a pulmonary function test (PFT) is necessary. Is it possible for you to have the PFT done earlier? If the PFT results are expected, there is no need to worry about COPD. Please reply with the answers to the previous questions so that I can provide you better guidance.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar
Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar

Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors)

Community Banner Mobile
By subscribing, I agree to iCliniq's Terms & Privacy Policy.

Read answers about:

wheezinglow energycopd

Ask your health query to a doctor online

Pulmonology (Asthma Doctors)

*guaranteed answer within 4 hours

Disclaimer: No content published on this website is intended to be a substitute for professional medical diagnosis, advice or treatment by a trained physician. Seek advice from your physician or other qualified healthcare providers with questions you may have regarding your symptoms and medical condition for a complete medical diagnosis. Do not delay or disregard seeking professional medical advice because of something you have read on this website. Read our Editorial Process to know how we create content for health articles and queries.

This website uses cookies to ensure you get the best experience on our website. iCliniq privacy policy