Hyperinflation of the lungs

Case contributed by Ian Bickle
Diagnosis certain


Shortness of breath. COPD.

Patient Data

Age: 75 years
Gender: Female

Markedly hyperinflated lungs. No bullae. 

Heart size normal.

Case Discussion

To objectively assess lung hyperinflation, more than 6 anterior or 10 posterior ribs above the level of the diaphragm in the midclavicular line should be observed.

In this case 8 anterior ribs and 11 posterior ribs are evident.

In addition, the very flattened diaphragm is well illustrated.

These are very hyperinflated lungs from COPD.

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