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What is mild dependant atelectatic changes present in both lung bases?

What is mild dependant atelectatic changes present in both lung bases?

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

Lung (Definition)

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


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I also have another question what about ground glass opacity in the lung with mild atelectatic change is that good or bad?

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

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My ct scan says I have dependent atelectasis changes of the lung bases identified what that means?

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

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37 wks preg. CT scan of lungs ruled out oulmonary embolism but showed minor dependency change and atelectasis. Suggested air trapping. Is this concern?

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

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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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Is linear atelectasis of lungs reversible, ? If one also has athma, and bronciectasis?

Is linear atelectasis of lungs reversible, ? If one also has athma, and bronciectasis?

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

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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

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

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What is atelectasis of the lung?

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

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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 is shallow lungs & minimal left basilar subsegmental atelectasis signs of?

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

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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

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

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What does it mean when you have a mild plate like atelectasis in the lung?

What does it mean when you have a mild plate like atelectasis in the lung?

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

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Is linear atelectasis of lungs [if reversed]; a recurrent problem for patient having bronciectasis alongside?

Is linear atelectasis of lungs [if reversed]; a recurrent problem for patient having bronciectasis alongside?

Probably: Atelectasis is collapse of the lung. If you have bronchiectasis, you may get recurrent mucus plugging and the lung that is supplied by that area can collapse resulting in "linear atelectasis". ...Read more

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What does "dependent atelectasis is present posteriorly within the lungs. Mild biapical pleural/parenchymal scarring is present." mean?

What does "dependent atelectasis is present posteriorly within the lungs. Mild biapical pleural/parenchymal scarring is present." mean?

Benign findings: Dependent atalectasis is just compression of the dependent lungs when lying down. A normal finding, mild bi-apical scarring is simply symmetric scar formation at the top of both lungs, usually associated with aging. Don't worry. ...Read more

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What's the difference in atelectasis and collapsed lung?

What's the difference in atelectasis and collapsed lung?

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

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What is the difference between atelectasis and collapsed lung?

Not much: Collapsed lung is called atelectasis which could be secondary to pneumothorax, mucous plug or tum etc or infections, . ...Read more

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What is the difference? Between atelectasis and collapsed lung?

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

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I have a linear opacity within the lower left lung field compatible with minimal atelectasis?

I have a linear opacity within the lower left lung field compatible with minimal atelectasis?

Don't worry: These are incidental benign findings. Quit smoking if u smoke. Atelectasis could be due to residual effects of pneumonia, heart failure, pneumothorax, exposure to chemicals/irritants etc. Follow up with your dr for any concerns! ...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

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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?

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?

Lung doc: 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

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What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of a lobe of lung?

What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of a lobe of lung?

Depends: Depending upon cause, pt may need chest physiotherapy, bronchoscopy or chest tube. ...Read more

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Lingular atelectasis and lung cancer relationship?

Depends: Is the lung cancer also in the lingula
sometimes the cancer plugs the airway and causes distal collapse (atelectasis)
also pneumonia, cancer and atelectasis are part of COPD due to smoking. ...Read more

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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

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

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My husband has some minor linear atelectasis in the left lingula with slight dependant atelectasis at the lung base also mild right hilar lymphadenop?

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

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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?

Postural drainage!: Good morning,
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

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Questionable small density at the left upper lung field and linear atelectasis is superimposed on the left hilum. What? Cancer? Remainder lungs clear.

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

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Had a cat scan it said atelectasis of lung basis. I am having rotator cuff surgery in 9 days is atelectasis a problem?

No: Atelectasis is just the alveoli at the lung bases not inflating. Sometimes we see that in hospitalized patients who aren't breathing as well as they should post-operatively. We try to get patients to expand the lungs with using an incentive spirometer or coughing. ...Read more

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Noncontrast CT images demonstrate mild ground-glass attenuation atelectasis in the lungs. What is this and does it require further attention?

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.

http://www. Radiologyassistant. Nl/en/p42d94cd0c326b#i4563548664b88 ...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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I had a mcrp Mri and it showed non specific atelectasis bilateral lung bases. Could this be lung cancer or copd?

Not cancer: Atelectasis is not cancer. It is essentially a sign that some areas of your lungs are not getting as much air due to either blockage or restriction of some reason. This can be seen with foreign objects in airways, scarring, infiltration or poor lung airway movement. ...Read more

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Atelectasis (Definition)

Collapse of a lung or part of a lung from ...Read more