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Is pulmonary hyperaeration indicative of emphysema?

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Posted on Fri, 15 Feb 2019
Question: I am having medication for asthma since Thursday pm March 1, 2018 which includes using the nebulizer every 6 hrs. This is my first use of such machine. This afternoon at 4pm. (Philippine time) I had an x-ray which shows a pulmonary hyperaeration among others.Could this x-ray mean I have emphysema.? Both my parents had emphysema before they died.
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:

Better to get done PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Emphysema is functional term. It is diagnosed only if PFT (Pulmonary Function Test) is showing obstructive defect.

So better to consult pulmonologist and get done a clinical examination of the respiratory system and PFT (Pulmonary Function Test).

If PFT is showing obstructive defect then it is possible that you are having emphysema.

Please let me know if you have already undergone PFT.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.
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Follow up: Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (40 hours later)
Thank you, I haven't heard about a pulmonary function test. I will ask the Hi-Precision Diagnostics Center if they have such test. Meanwhile, I still have to get my sputum analysis tomorrow @ 2pm (Phil. Time). Thank you!
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Answered by Dr. Kaushal Bhavsar (6 hours later)
Brief Answer:

Get done PFT.

Detailed Answer:

Hello,

Yes, you should definitely get done PFT. It is a must for the diagnosis of asthma. Also, let me know your sputum report.

Hope I have answered your query.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Kaushal Bhavsar, Pulmonologist
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Is pulmonary hyperaeration indicative of emphysema?

Brief Answer: Better to get done PFT (Pulmonary Function Test). Detailed Answer: Hello, Emphysema is functional term. It is diagnosed only if PFT (Pulmonary Function Test) is showing obstructive defect. So better to consult pulmonologist and get done a clinical examination of the respiratory system and PFT (Pulmonary Function Test). If PFT is showing obstructive defect then it is possible that you are having emphysema. Please let me know if you have already undergone PFT. Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.