Why does the lung hyperinflate?

  title={Why does the lung hyperinflate?},
  author={Gary Thomas Ferguson},
  journal={Proceedings of the American Thoracic Society},
  volume={3 2},
Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often have some degree of hyperinflation of the lungs. Hyperinflated lungs can produce significant detrimental effects on breathing, as highlighted by improvements in patient symptoms after lung volume reduction surgery. Measures of lung volumes correlate better with impairment of patient functional capabilities than do measures of airflow. Understanding the mechanisms by which hyperinflation occurs in COPD provides better insight into… CONTINUE READING