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Are pneumonia and an atelectasis the same?

Are pneumonia and an atelectasis the same?

NO: Atelectasis is a radiology description for areas of the lung that are not fully inflated, usually due to inadequately deep breaths. It is common in people on bedrest for illness, and after surgery. It can lead to pneumonia, but can be alleviated by deep breathing, es[pecially by walking and by use of the incentive spirometry machine in the hospital. ...Read more

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Dr. David Dang
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Atelectasis (Definition)

Atelectasis (from greek: ἀτελής, "incomplete" + ἔκτασις, "extension") is defined as the collapse or closure of the lung resulting in reduced or absent gas exchange. It may affect part or all of one lung. It is a condition where the alveoli are deflated, as distinct from pulmonary consolidation. It is a very common finding in chest xrays which needs to be interpreted in the ...Read more


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Are pneumonia and atelectasis the same thing?

Not the same: Pneumonia is caused by infection. Atelectasis is caused by collapse of a portion of the lung (loss of air in the air spaces). ...Read more

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What procedure is necessary to differentiate atelectasis from pneumonia postop?

What procedure is necessary to differentiate atelectasis from pneumonia postop?

Common conundrum: This is a very common problem with no definitive answer. Sometimes it is just time and follow-up chest xrays that will tell. Pulmonary toilet is often employed along with possible prophylactic antibiotics. Ct may be useful, but may not be definitive. ...Read more

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

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 ...Read more

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Small possible Atelectasis or small amount of fluid on ct 4 weeks post lower left pneumonia. Will resolve? What can I do?

Small possible Atelectasis or small amount of fluid on ct 4 weeks post lower left pneumonia. Will resolve? What can I do?

Mgt: This can occur in association with pneumonia. It typically will resolve within six weeks. In the meantime, monitor your temperature, stay well hydrated and rest to help your recovery. If there is any fever, chills, problems breathing or vomiting, please follow up. ...Read more

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Can pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia cause pain in ribs and back?

Can pleural effusion and atelectasis post pneumonia cause pain in ribs and back?

Yes: The presence of pleural fluid indicates involvement of the pleura - inflammation there (commonly called pleurisy) can accompany pneumonia and is painful with inspiration or cough. NSAIDs, (like ibuprofen) are often very effective for this type of pain. ...Read more

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Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Probably normal: These changes are typical after pneumonia, but should resolve within 6-12 weeks. Ask whomever was treating you for the pneumonia about the need for a follow up chest X-ray in a couple months. Hope this helps! ...Read more

Dr. Michael DePietro
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Pneumonia (Definition)

Pneumonia is an inflammation of the lungs, most ...Read more