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Does a flattened diaphragm always lead to COPD? Or is it

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Does a flattened diaphragm always lead to COPD? Or is it just one symptom of incipient or actual COPD. Thank you!
JA: Have you seen a doctor about this yet? What medications are you taking?
Customer: I have not seen a doctor yet, having just found out about it less than a week ago in chest X-ray. So thr only "medicine" I take for it is that i exercise reguarly, with an emphasis on strething my chest through deep breathing while fast walking, or with weights.
JA: Welcome! How can I help with your medical question?
Customer: Hi again. My medical question above was whether a flattened diaphragm could be a symptom of COPD, or might it have contributed as a cause of COPD, or did it just flatten on its own?
JA: How long have you been dealing with the issue? In general, how has your health been lately?
Customer: I have had some slight difficulty in speaking for long periods of time for many years, and I believe the quality /strength of my voice has been affected. Therefore, probably for 30 plus years I have had this condition. It does not trouble me much when I am fast walking or just sitting and working, reading, etc.
JA: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?
Customer: Only that I had polio when I ws 9 yrs. old (i am 71 now)), and do not think the polio so long ago is causing any other issues. It was a very mild case.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Medical
Expert:  Anthony Bray, MD replied 1 year ago.


A flattened diaphragm is not a cause of COPD -- no to that ..

It is typically a sign of COPD

A person with good health but a very good full deep breath might be indicative of flattening of the diaphragm so this by itself is not entirely specific ...

Have you a history of smoking ?

Asthma ?

Do you have shortness of breath ? Cough ? Wheezing ?

These would be more significant symptoms ...

You may if there is concern of COPD have testing done >> spirometry to tell the details of your pulmonary function

I hope that this information is helpful for you

Let me know if you have further questions or concerns

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Thank you and Best Regards,

Anthony Bray MD