I posted a question earlier but I want to show what the xray findings were. Lungs look well expanded and clear with no pneumonia or edema noted. The heart size is within normal limits. No pleural fluid or pneumothorax is seen. No lung mass or cavity or nodularity is seen. No atelectasis or scarring is noted. Bony structures are unremarkable. No mediastinal widening is seen. Cause of symptoms is uncertain.
Impression: Normal chest. No acute lung disease is appreciated.
After this, the Dr. told me that I had acute bronchitis. Since I was a smoker, I asked the Dr. What about emphysema, in which he stated "yes you have it". This is the part that I don't understand. Is the Dr. saying this because of the fact that I was a smoker??? What does he base this answer on??? I'm going to have a Pulmonary Test done anyway but, would like to hear what you expertise have to say about this. Correct me if I am wrong. I've been told that since copd is has become one of the leading diseases in the world, some Dr. are assuming that since a person is smoking many years they will likely get it or develop it??? Your time and cooperation is greatly appreciated.