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How could pneumonia be gone 6 weeks and now have atelectasis and pleural effusion?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

Common....: Atelectasis and pleural effusion can both occur with pneumonia. Atelectasis can heal faster if the patient takes frequent deep breaths and the use of an incentive spirometer will help with this. Ask your doctor to prescribe an incentive spirometer for you. The fluid around the lung will get reabsorbed over time. Get a repeat chest xray to make sure your lungs completely heal. Hope you feel better

Answered 12/30/2018

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