A member asked:

From my ct scan "there was linear atelectasis in the lingular and both lower lobes." what does this mean and does this warrant any further tests or treatment? thank you?

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Dr. Donald Colantino answered

Specializes in Internal Medicine

You don't mention why you had the chest ct scan. Linear atelectasis indicates lack of full expansion with a deep breath in those areas of the lung. They may represent scarring from old bronchopneumonia and there may be no active lung problems at this time. I think it's a good idea to have an evaluation by a pulmonologist to determine whether any other testing,treatment or follow-up is advisable.

Answered Nov 13, 2020



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