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Atelectatic Lung Changes
Not breathing deeply: Atelactic changes means your lungs are not full expanded. This is a non-specific finding that can be seen in healthy people. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
I also have another question what about ground glass opacity in the lung with mild atelectatic change is that good or bad?
Neither: Good nor bad per se. The atelectatic change may be simply incidental and of little or no significance. There are a number of causes of ground glass opacity, and this could represent a significant finding, so best bet is to discuss the findings with your doc. ...Read more
My ct scan says I have dependent atelectasis changes of the lung bases identified what that means?
It most: Likely is not significant, and simply related to gravity and/or a less than complete depth of inspiration at the moment of the scan. Atelectasis in this case means that small portions of the lung are not filled with air/collapsed. It is relatively common as an incidental finding on CT. ...Read more
37 wks preg. CT scan of lungs ruled out oulmonary embolism but showed minor dependency change and atelectasis. Suggested air trapping. Is this concern?
What they: Are calling dependent changes are usually normal and simply related to the effect of gravity on your lungs when you lay on your back. "Air trapping" relates to retention of excess air in the lungs or parts of the lungs. The CT findings of air trapping can be seen in normal individuals, but also in asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other entities, so talk to your doc about the results. ...Read more
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
Yes: Atelectasis simply means that there is an area of the lung where the alveoli (air sacs) are collapsed or not completely inflated. Linear atelectasis usually means that this involves a very tiny portion of the lung. This is usually a transient finding unless there is something blocking the larger airways. Bronchiectasis, however, is not usually reversible. ...Read more
I have been diagnosed with Atelectasis and now have several nodules in my lungs. Can this be asbestos? I served in the navy as a boiler technician and
Good question: It sounds like you have had a medical evaluation and some studies to look at your lungs. Unfortunately, it is not possible to know everything about lung nodules from xrays or cat scans, even though one can tell if they are growing or changing in any way. Hope for the best and continue to follow up with your doctors. If anything becomes suspicious, they may offer a biopsy to be sure. ...Read more
Collapse of lung: Atelectasis of the lung is collapse of part of the lung or the entire lung. This is commonly see on radiologic studies. When it occurs at the lung bases it is typically due to incomplete inspiration. It may occur due to prior infection, surgery, or tumor or lymph node obstruction. The entire lung may collapse due to pressure from an air leak (pneumothorax). ...Read more
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
Poor inspiration: Probably related to a poor inspiratory effort when the radiograph was taken. Often times if people are in pain or are obese they cannot take a big breath (which would expand the lungs and give a better look to the radiologist) so what we see are low lung volumes and small areas of collapsed lung - all told it is usually not a sign of anything. Sometimes atelectasis can cause a fever. ...Read more
I have had pnemonia twice in my early life and have been diagnosed with mild right basilar atelectasis. What can I do to strengthen my lungs? M
Active lifestyle: I would consider an evaluation of your immune system if the two prior pneumonias were significant (ie hospitalized or required IV antibiotics), or if you have had other infections. Consider an evaluation of your lungs, as there may be a structural abnormality which is contributing to your lung issues. An active lifestyle will help prevent atelectasis. ...Read more
linear atelectasis: Lung collapse/atelectasis can occur for many reasons asthmatics get collapse because of mucus plugs in the airway. Sometimes aspiration causes atelectasis. Infection and tumor can produce atelectasis. Ateletasis can clear following disappearance of disease process. Plate-like atelectasis is usually minor area of lung collapse sometimes seen without obvious cause or scar from previous disease. ...Read more
Is linear atelectasis of lungs [if reversed]; a recurrent problem for patient having bronciectasis alongside?
What does "dependent atelectasis is present posteriorly within the lungs. Mild biapical pleural/parenchymal scarring is present." mean?
Blocked bronchi: The bronchial tree branches and lead to air sacs (alveoli) that then transfer o2 to the blood stream. If a bronchial tube is completely blocked (e.g. By mucous, foreign body, tumor) the blocked air sacs as the air is absorbed into the blood stream and no air can get in>atelectasis. Lung collapse occurs if there is air or fluid between lung surface and chest wall (e.g. Pneumothorax/effusion). ...Read more
Grades of the same: Atelectasis (from the latin for imperfect extension) can refer to collapse of a small portion of the lung (called a segment or subsegment) or to collapse of an entire lung. It can be due to obstruction of an airway. Depending on the level of the airway (whether a main bronchus or a smaller bronchiole) depends on the amount of lung that collapses. ...Read more
Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried
I have a atelectasis at the lung bases bilaterally and it appears to be a slight elevation of the left hemidiaphragm what does this mean?
You want to see your lung doc. Ask about a test about your diaphragm, such as ultrasound and real diaphragmatic movements, or fluoroscopy. Also discuss testing such as ultrasound, CT, MRI for the abdomen and the chest.
You may also need pulmonary function testing. Ask your lung doc and good luck! ...Read more
Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis? What does this mean, (asthma, coughing and flem, no fever pain in, chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesn't stop and fl
Poor Asthma Control: Sounds like you have a history of poorly controlled asthma. With 4 months of worsening cough and atelectasis on CXR I would recommend seeing a physician who specializes in managing asthma like an allergist or pulmonologist if not already done so in order to get better control of your symptoms. ...Read more
My husband has some minor linear atelectasis in the left lingula with slight dependant atelectasis at the lung base also mild right hilar lymphadenop?
Needs evaluation: The presence of linear opacities with hilar adenopathy can be due to several acute or chronic conditions such as histoplasmosis, atypical mycobacterial infections, sarcoidosis, or rarely malignancy etc. Your husband should immediately see a lung specialist for a complete evaluation to determine the underlying cause, which will help determine appropriate course of treatment. ...Read more
Is there a suction device that drs or patient having bronciectasis alongside atelectasis can use to suck mucous out of lungs esp if its in lower lobe?
mucus in the lungs indicates an ongoing infection or inflammation of the airway and lung tissues. Structural changes associated with bronchiectasis lead to pool of mucus. Getting rid of the mucus makes the patients feel better. Use of nebulizers which can deliver moisture into the airway help to dilute the mucus and facilitate the drainage. Respiratory therapists can help you. ...Read more
Questionable small density at the left upper lung field and linear atelectasis is superimposed on the left hilum. What? Cancer? Remainder lungs clear.
Possible: The possibility of cancer is almost always there. The risk depends on the smoking history, family history of cancer, the size of the mass, etc. Smokers are at higher risk. Certain cancers are familial. Larger spots and those with ragged edges are more likely to be cancerous. Consultation with oncologist or lung specialist may be considered.. ...Read more
Had a cat scan it said atelectasis of lung basis. I am having rotator cuff surgery in 9 days is atelectasis a problem?
Noncontrast CT images demonstrate mild ground-glass attenuation atelectasis in the lungs. What is this and does it require further attention?
Ground glass pulm CT:
It is a non-specific finding which means something has replaced the air in the alveoli, pneumonia-related or a more chronic process. 60-80% have an active potentially treatable dx. Please see your physician for a more-detailed explanation of the results of the scan and, referral to a specialty consultant, if necessary.
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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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