From the case: Marked hyperinflation

X-ray
Lateral
Modality: X-ray (Lateral)

- “ A good example of a patient with marked hyperinflation of the lungs. Note the increased retrosternal air space and flattening of the diaphragms.  ”

Used in the following article:

  • Increased retrosternal airspace - “ Increased retrosternal airspace is an indicator of hyperinflation of the lungs and is usually due to emphysema. The thickness of the space betwee...”
  • Flattening of the diaphragm - “ Flattening of the diaphragm is the most sensitive sign on chest radiographs for the presence of hyperinflation of the lungs, usually due to emphys...”
  • Retrosternal airspace - “ The retrosternal airspace is seen as a normal lucency between the posterior aspect of the sternum and anterior aspect of the ascending aorta on la...”
  • Lung hyperinflation - “ Lung hyperinflation is a common feature of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is also linked to aging and other chroni...”

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