Hyperinflated lungs

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Longstanding asthma. Shortness of breath.

Patient Data

Age: 41
Gender: Female

Flattened hemidiaphragms.

> 10 posterior ribs in the midclavicular line above the diaphragm.

Hyperlucent lungs


Case Discussion

Hyperinflated lungs are present in many chronic chest conditions in particular COPD and asthma.

This may be evidenced by:

a. Flattened hemidiphragms

b. Hyperlucent lungs ( less bronchovascular markings per cm2)

c. More than 6 anterior or 10 posterior ribs in the mid-clavicular line at the lung diaphragm level.

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Case information

rID: 33470
Published: 6th Feb 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
System: Chest
Tag: rdgh
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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