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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

Dr. David Dang
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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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My CT discovered 6 lung nodules from .2 - .8 cm. .8 node is calcified, others are not. Discoid atelectasis in the upper right lung. Concerning?

My CT discovered 6 lung nodules from .2 - .8 cm.  .8 node is calcified, others are not.  Discoid atelectasis in the upper right lung.  Concerning?

Yes: Many causes including metastatic cancer. Do you have history of cancer? Breast, colon, prostrate and bladder most common. Also non cancerous conditions like hamartomas, sarcoidosis, rhemautoid nodules, infectious conditions, lymphomas and kaposis sarcomas etc. Please, see a pulmonologist if this is a new finding. Good luck. ...Read more

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What does this mean chest ct scan ..mild infiltrates,left lower lobe may represent discoid atelectasis and or pneumonia ,mild left pleural effusion..

What does this mean chest ct scan ..mild infiltrates,left lower lobe may represent discoid atelectasis and or pneumonia ,mild left pleural effusion..

CT scan: Proper interpretation of CT or "cat scan" results is a tricky proposition and requires a physician to clinically correlate with multiple factors. The findings above may simply represent excessive mucus or possibly an infection. An effusion means there is some type of fluid in or around the lungs. ...Read more

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

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 Basilar Atelectasis mean on a chest X-ray?? I had one done and all was normal except this! What is it?

Squished lung tissue: Basilar atelectasis is compressed lung tissue that is seen on Xray. It typically occurs because the patient did not take a deep enough breath during the X-ray, so the lung tissue at the bases (hence the word, "basilar") appears crowded on X-ray. A very common finding on X-rays. Note that this is different from collapsed lung (that is called a pneumothorax). ...Read more

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MRI of abdomen shows mild left basilar atelectasis, no pleural effusions.. Is this serious? I'm worried, and my follow up with Dr isn't until Monday..

MRI of abdomen shows mild left basilar atelectasis, no pleural effusions.. Is this serious? I'm worried, and my follow up with Dr isn't until Monday..

No unless smoker: if smoker , worry till you stop because cancer could come; anyway if healthy might be just small airway collapse that will resolve with coughing and deep breathing and somewalking to get breathing more, might have been from recent upper airway cold or infection? follow up with your dr. for repeat lung xray or ct scan ina few weeks after above ...Read more