A member asked:

I recently had surgery after which i had chest pains. a chest xray was done to look for an oedema. it was found that i had bilateral multiple linear areas of subsegmental atelectasis in the mid and lower zones - something to be worried about?

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Dr. Richard Zimon answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

="collapse" of segments of the lobes of your lung PROBABLY due to restriction from the pain of abdominal surgery....Using the proper breathing (ie: deep breathes and blowing air out against resistance (special apparatus is available) will correct the sitiuation. Hope this is helpful Dr Z

Answered Sep 23, 2017



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