Hyperinflation of the lungs
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Bickle I, Hyperinflation of the lungs. Case study, Radiopaedia.org (Accessed on 01 Apr 2023) https://doi.org/10.53347/rID-86475
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Shortness of breath. COPD.
Age: 75 years
From the case: Hyperinflation of the lungs
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Markedly hyperinflated lungs. No bullae.
Heart size normal.
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.