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A 28-year-old female asked:

83 year old presenting with sob and cxr showed lungs hypoinflated with mild bibasilar opacities, which may represent atelectasis, aspiration, or infection. no pneumothorax or pleural effusion. normal heart size and mediastinal contours.?

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Dr. Hiep Le
Dr. Hiep Leanswered
Nephrology and Dialysis 44 years experience
She probably has pneumonia, viral versus bacterial cause. Basilar atelectasis alone rarely causes shortness of breath and aspiration usually shows change in one side, mostly right lung.
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Dr. Birendra Tandan
Urology 36 years experience
The doc has to find cause like congestive heart failure, lung problem etc and treat it and pt will improve. Good luck
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