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What is the cause of pulmonary hyperaeration?

Hi. I just had had a CXR and the report said that my lungs are hyperaerated, Heart is not enlarged, Note of slight thoracic scoliosis, rest of the study is unremarkable. IMPRESSION: Pulmonary hyperaeration.
What does that mean? I don't feel anything except that I'm having shortness of breath. It's the first time that I'm feeling this and it gives so much discomfort but when I'm in the office and busy doing something I don't feel any shortness of breath. I feel normal. My doctor said before the xray that i looked ok. What is the cause of my pulmonary hyperaeration? Thanks in advance.
Mon, 15 May 2017
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hello
Thanks for posting at HCM.
Pulmonary aeration is a term used to suggest that the lungs are filled with more air than its supposed This occurs due to air trapping which can occur due to narrowed airways. You have not mentioned any history about respiratory illness or smoking. Respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD or emphysema can cause hyperaeration. But don't worry this is not a major diagnosis and air trapping or other illnesses mentioned above are only probabilities. It may be found in normal population also. To confirm the presence of a respiratory disease, I recommend you to go for a pulmonary function test which requires you to blow into a machine while your lung capacities are estimated.
Please do a Pulmonary function test and revert back with the test results.
Wishing you good health.
Regards
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What is the cause of pulmonary hyperaeration?

hello Thanks for posting at HCM. Pulmonary aeration is a term used to suggest that the lungs are filled with more air than its supposed This occurs due to air trapping which can occur due to narrowed airways. You have not mentioned any history about respiratory illness or smoking. Respiratory illnesses like asthma or COPD or emphysema can cause hyperaeration. But don t worry this is not a major diagnosis and air trapping or other illnesses mentioned above are only probabilities. It may be found in normal population also. To confirm the presence of a respiratory disease, I recommend you to go for a pulmonary function test which requires you to blow into a machine while your lung capacities are estimated. Please do a Pulmonary function test and revert back with the test results. Wishing you good health. Regards