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

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

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. ...Read more

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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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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 is the definition or description of: atelectasis?

Atelectasis: Atelectasis (from greek: ??????, "incomplete" + ???????, "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. ...Read more

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What does it mean that "there is mild dependent atelectasis near both bases"?

What does it mean that "there is mild dependent atelectasis near both bases"?

Lung issue: This means the bottoms of the lungs are slightly compressed or collapsed. Think of a sponge standing on end on a hard surface, with the portion on the bottom squished together a bit. Can be alleviated with taking deep breaths in most cases. ...Read more

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What is left lingular atelectasis?

Ligula: The ligula is the equivalent of the middle lobe of the lung on the left-hand side. There is no true middle lobe but it is an area of the left lung. Atelectasis refers to an area of the lung where there is no good gas exchange due to either obstruction or filling in with fluid. This is often seen with an infection. ...Read more

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What is bibasal atelectasis?

Lung base atelectasi: Bibasilar atelectasis typically refers to linear (subsegmental) atelectasis at the lung bases. This is typically seen with inadequate inspiration at the time of radiologic studies. It may be a result of prior infection or surgery. Uncommonly it may be caused by bronchial obstruction from mucus or adjacent lymph nodes or other tissue. It depends on the degree of atelectasis but typically is benign. ...Read more

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How long does it take to recover from mild atelectasis?

How long does it take to recover from mild atelectasis?

Few hours to days: Depending upon cause, lung can open in few minutes(mucous plug etc) to days(pneumothorax). ...Read more

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Which organs are most closely associated with atelectasis?

Only the lung: Atelectasis refers to partial or complete collapse of a portion of the lung. It can be minor, affecting only a subsegment of one lobe of the lung, an entire lobe of the lung, or even the entire right or left lung. Minor atelectasis occurs if we don't take deep breaths often enough. Major atelectasis can result from blockage of a bronchus (breathing tube) from thick mucus or a foreign object. ...Read more

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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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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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