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How do you treat hyperinflated lungs?

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Treatment depends in large part on what’s causing your hyperinflated lungs. Your doctor may prescribe a type of medicine called a bronchodilator. It can open up your airways and help reverse the effects of hyperinflated lungs by allowing the trapped air to escape. Certain types of exercise might also help. Extra oxygen that you breathe in through a mask or through tubes that go into your nostrils might also help. In some cases, your doctor might suggest surgery to reduce the size of one or both of your lungs.

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai Hospital: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).”

Cleveland Clinic: “Emphysema.”

HealthyWomen.org: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Chronic Bronchitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hyperinflated lungs: What does it mean?”

Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society: “Why does the lung hyperinflate?”

Radiopedial.org: “Lung hyperinflation.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Lung Volume Reduction Surgery.”

UpToDate: “Dynamic hyperinflation in patients with COPD,” “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Definition, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and staging.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on April 24, 2020

SOURCES:

Cedars-Sinai Hospital: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).”

Cleveland Clinic: “Emphysema.”

HealthyWomen.org: “Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD).”

Johns Hopkins Medicine: “Chronic Bronchitis.”

Mayo Clinic: “Hyperinflated lungs: What does it mean?”

Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society: “Why does the lung hyperinflate?”

Radiopedial.org: “Lung hyperinflation.”

University of Michigan Health System: “Lung Volume Reduction Surgery.”

UpToDate: “Dynamic hyperinflation in patients with COPD,” “Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: Definition, clinical manifestations, diagnosis, and staging.”

Reviewed by Paul Boyce on April 24, 2020

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