CT of Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease
Lung diseases associated with obstruction to airflow are usually grouped together under the term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This disparate group of diseases is defined by the presence of abnormal pulmonary function rather than specific morphologic findings and, consequently, has no characteristic and consistent radiographic appearance. Imaging studies have had a limited role in the diagnosis in evaluation of patients with COPD. The recent development of high-resolution computed tomography (HRCT), however, has significantly improved our ability to image morphologic abnormalities associated with chronic airflow obstruction .
KeywordsChronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease Primary Ciliary Dyskinesia Bronchiolitis Obliterans Allergic Bronchopulmonary Aspergillosis
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