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Is linear atelectasis of lungs reversible, ? if one also has athma, and bronciectasis?

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Dr. Shari Jackson
Radiology 22 years experience
Yes: Atelectasis simply means that there is an area of the lung where the alveoli (air sacs) are collapsed or not completely inflated. Linear atelectasis usually means that this involves a very tiny portion of the lung. This is usually a transient finding unless there is something blocking the larger airways. Bronchiectasis, however, is not usually reversible.

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