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What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of lungs?

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Dr. Stephen Siegel
Pulmonology 39 years experience
Open lungs up: Atelectasis of lung means there is no air iin a portion of lung. This occurs if a branch of the bronchi leading to that part of the lung is blocked by mucous/phlegm or even a foreign body (like an aspirated piece of food for example). Often use of cough, bronchodilators can open bronchi up and clear phlegm or a bronchoscope can be used to suction it out.
Last updated Apr 27, 2018


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