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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)

collapse of a lung or part of a lung from ...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 minimal bibasilar atelectasis?

What is minimal bibasilar atelectasis?

Frelated to breathin: Usually an xray report referring to that term is referring to the bottoms of your lungs not being full inflated due to not breathing deep enough ...Read more

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What does atelectasis of the kidney mean?

What does atelectasis of the kidney mean?

A mistaken report: Atelectasis is airless lung tissue. It looks the same as pneumonia. The term is not used to describe a renal condition. ...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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What is lingular subsegmental atelectasis?

Partial Collapse: The lingula is the lower anterior (front) portion of the left upper lobe of the lung that corresponds to the right middle lobe. Atelectasis is collapse of a portion of the lung. So, subsegmental atelectasis means that portions of lung segments of the lingula are incompletely aerated. May indicate bronchial blockage, poor breathing, or even early infection. ...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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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

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Is there a link between atelectasis and gastroparesis ?

Is there a link between atelectasis and gastroparesis ?

Likely no: Usually the two conditions you mentioned are from different reasons. Gastroparesis occurs in those with longstanding diabetics and is a slowed and irregular motility problem of the gut. Atelectasis is a small area of lung that is not inflated fully, and can occur from not taking deep breaths after surgery and from other causes. They don't usually occur at the same time. ...Read more

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Infiltrate same as atelectasis in rigth lobe consistent?

Infiltrate same as atelectasis in rigth lobe consistent?

Unclear question: Infiltrate on chest radiograph is nonspecific term that can represent many different conditions in the lung and has to be interpreted in the clinical context. Common things being common infection ; atelectasis are always a consideration. In the appropriate distribution, appearance ; clinical context pulmonary edema, aspiration, infarct and even tumor should also be considered. Talk to your doctor. ...Read more

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. What does Minimal left basilar atelectasis or scarring mean?

Atelectasis: This means there is scarring or a small area of collapsed lung at the base of the left lung. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of atelectasis please? Existing with bronchiectasis

Atelectasis: Usually has no significant symptoms other than the occasional cough whereas bronchiectasis can have significant coughing fever, pleuritic chest pain, thick mucous, bloody sputum, and bronchoconstriction and wheezing. ...Read more

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What does trace bibasilar atelectasis is present mean? No evidence for PE

What does trace bibasilar atelectasis is present mean?  No evidence for PE

Lung compression.: Atelectasis refers to a compression of lung tissue due to lack of proper expansion during breathing. The term. "Bibasilar" locates this atelectasis to the bottom of the lungs. Could happen after abdominal surgery,for example, with a reduction of diaphragmatic excursion into the abdomen with inspiration. ...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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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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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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What is the definition or description of: atelectasis?

Atelectasis=: collapse of a lung or part of a lung from a variety of causes. ...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