Hyperinflation

"Hyperinflation of the lungs is caused due to damage in the tissues of the lungs, which make it less elastic. It occurs when there is an increase in lung volume preventing efficient airflow in the body. When there is excess air getting trapped in the lungs, it will cause it to inflate due to blockages in the air passage and a less elastic air sac. Hyperinflation can be managed by improving airflow during expiration or reducing the rate of breathing for increasing expiration.

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What do hyperinflated lungs in x-ray indicate?

Query: Hello doctor, My x-ray showed hyperinflation, spirometry 41%. CT scans do not mention emphysema (possible middle lung syndrome). I do not get a specialist appointment for a month. I want to review existing radiology and spirometry results to advise if emphysema is more likely chronic bronchitis, as...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. According to your statement, you have been suffering from asthma and middle lobe atelectasis. Atelectasis is the partial or complete collapse of the entire lungs or a particular area or lobe of the lungs. It occurs when the alveoli or air...  Read Full »

What does pulmonary hyperaerated, bilateral, in a chest x-ray mean?

Query: Hi doctor, I am having a cough and a weird feeling while exhaling. I am experiencing this issue for more than a month now. Previously, I coughed out phlegm with blood. It looked like fresh blood. Currently, I have phlegm. I have pain while exhaling air. I have pain in my upper left-back. I have a h...  Read Full »


Dr. Muhammad Zubayer Alam

Answer: Hi,Welcome to icliniq.com.I understand your concern. According to your statement, you are suffering from a cough. You have a history of bronchitis and your recent chest X-ray shows pulmonary hyperaerated bilateral. It means that there is an abnormal increase in lung volume with an increased filling ...  Read Full »

What does fair lung volume mean in PFT?

Query: Hi doctor, Here are the details of my chest issues that I was hoping you could help me with. I will attach all the information I have in terms of x-rays and function tests. I am 37 year old otherwise healthy female with normal BMI. I have a smoking history of 16 packs a year. Four years ago, I quit...  Read Full »


Dr. Divakara P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Your initial x-ray itself was showing some signs of hyperinflation and the subsequent x-rays shows increased hyperinflation. So, it is not a new finding, but worsening of the initial finding (attachment removed to protect patient identity). Unless some intervention is don...  Read Full »

I am a chronic smoker. Kindly explain my chest CT scan.

Query: Hi doctor, I am a smoker for 29 years, about half-pack a day. I just went through a chest CT scan yesterday. Can you help me to review the Dicom image files to see if everything is fine?  Read Full »


Dr. Vivek Chail

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Review of given CT chest scan images (attachment removed to protect patient identity): There is no obvious focal lesion in the lungs. There is mild hyperinflated lungs with concerns for early changes due to emphysema. This is not a serious problem. However, you might li...  Read Full »

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