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A 39-year-old member asked:

what is subsegmental atelactasis ?

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Dr. Paxton Daniel
Radiology 39 years experience
This describes: A small area of lung that is not completely inflated. It is benign and causes are many, including not taking a deep breath during the exam.
Dr. Gerald Mandell
Nuclear Medicine 52 years experience
Partial collapse : Sub segmental collapse or atelectasis has many etiologies including mucus plugging from asthma, enlarged heart can compress bronchi, hypoventilation, anesthesia, ct exams, sometimes aspiration, etc. Mostly transient and disappearing with deeper inspiration.

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A 36-year-old member asked:

Would someone with mild atelectasis need to be hospitalized?

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Dr. Robin Larabee
Pediatrics 26 years experience
Not usually: Atelectasis alone would most often not require hosptializatoin . Atelectasis is a symptom/sign of many types of lung diseases/illnesses. The other parts of the illness may be more serious than the atelectasis, such as trouble breathing , hypoxia (low oxygen), cardiac complications, etc.
A 35-year-old member asked:

How long does it take to recover from mild atelectasis?

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Dr. Sunil Mehra
Pulmonology 44 years experience
Few hours to days: Depending upon cause, lung can open in few minutes(mucous plug etc) to days(pneumothorax).
A 40-year-old member asked:

How bad a complication is atelectasis to a post op patient?

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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
Radiology 47 years experience
Very common but...: Atelectasis, a collapse of a portion of the lung, is very frequently seen in greater or lesser extent in post-op patients. Patients who have had surgery on their chest or abdomen frequently find it painful to take a deep breath or cough. As a result, lung secretions accumulate in the lungs and result in atelectasis. The atelectatic lung becomes a setup for development of pneumonia (bad!).
A member asked:

What is left lingular atelectasis?

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Dr. Johnna Thomas
Family Medicine 28 years experience
Lung collapse: Dont panic, we all have cells in lungs at times that are not fully open, when you get a patch together we can see that on xray. Can be from old scars, pneumonia or other things like copd, or lung disease. You should be surento do deep breathing exercises, big breath in amd hold as long as you can, that opens the cells back up, and if on breathing treatment regimen then do them faithfully.
A 63-year-old male asked:

What does "minimal basal subsegmental atelectasis" mean and is it life threatening?

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Dr. Michael Ein
Infectious Disease 48 years experience
NO: Failure to breath deeply for various reasons such as pain in a post operative patient can cause collapse of small areas of the lungs. This usually occurs at the bottom or bases of the lungs which is minimal basal subsegmental atelectasis. Using an incentive spirometer will resolve this minor condition. It is not life threatening in any way.

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