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Dr. David Dang
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Atelectasis (Overview)

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 face of clinical symptom.


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How does "atelectasis" and "bronchiectasis" differ?

How does "atelectasis" and "bronchiectasis" differ?

Different: Bronchiectasis is a dilated bronchus or airway. Atelectasis is an area of the lung that has decreased in volume because it doesn't have the usual amount of air in it. ...Read more

Dr. David Dang
226 doctors shared insights

Atelectasis (Overview)

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 face of clinical symptom.


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What are the pediatric symptoms of atelectasis?

ATELECTASIS: When part of the lungs collapse, child will have shortness of breath, tachypnea, cyanosis and chest pain depending on the part of lungs involved. ...Read more

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Discoid atelectasis sign of cancer?

Discoid atelectasis sign of cancer?

NO: Many non cancerous conditions will cause discoid altelectasis of lung ...Read more

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Would someone with mild atelectasis need to be hospitalized?

Would someone with mild atelectasis need to be hospitalized?

No...: Mild atelectasis, especially without symptoms, can be treated as an outpatient. The most important treatment is deep breathing and an incentive spirometer can help with this. Ask your doctor for one if you don't have one. Good luck! ...Read more

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What would cause atelectasis with effusions 24 hours after percutaneous liver biopsy? Both lungs. Chest pain.

What would cause atelectasis with effusions 24 hours after percutaneous liver biopsy? Both lungs. Chest pain.

Worry about bleed: See your doctor - with the biopsy we worry about bleeding of the liver or other tissue. Uncertain why you are on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). This medicine could be used to treat other conditions that you have and these other conditions could be causing these changes ...Read more

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How can linear atelectasis of lungs be treated/ reversed, ?

Usually no treatment: Treatment depends on cause and severity. Minor linear atelectasis typically requires no treatment. It may resolve on its own. More severe atelectasis may be from respiratory infection, chronic lung diseases, obstruction from inhaled foreign objects, lung tumors, fluid in the lung, severe asthma and chest injuries. It does not sounds like you have those problems, however. ...Read more

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What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of lungs?

Open lungs up: Atelectasis of lung means there is no air iin a portion of lung. This occurs if a branch of the bronchi leading to that part of the lung is blocked by mucous/phlegm or even a foreign body (like an aspirated piece of food for example). Often use of cough, bronchodilators can open bronchi up and clear phlegm or a bronchoscope can be used to suction it out. ...Read more

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Tell me about atelectasis & anesthesia. 7yo bpder/ trach with atelectasis in both bases has scopes on weds. Needs anesthesia. Higher risks?

See below: Atelectasis is the partial collapse of some of the lung alveoli (air sacs) usually in the base of the lung. Under anesthesia these lungs will most likely be fully inflated by mechanical ventilation. There is minimal increased risk during anesthesia in a child with bpd. I would suggest discussing your concerns with the anesthesiologist doing the case. Would encourage use of nebulizer before case. ...Read more

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