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Dynamic hyperinflation in patients with COPD

James K Stoller, MD, MS
Section Editor
Peter J Barnes, DM, DSc, FRCP, FRS
Deputy Editor
Helen Hollingsworth, MD


Exercise or hyperpnea-induced air trapping is referred to as dynamic hyperinflation. Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are particularly susceptible to dynamic hyperinflation. Common questions include:

What causes dynamic hyperinflation?

What are its clinical manifestations?

How is it diagnosed?

What is the treatment?


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