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Dr. Bruce J. Stringer
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What is lingular subsegmental atelectasis?

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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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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How is subsegmental atelectasis of the lingula treated?

How is subsegmental atelectasis of the lingula treated?

Atelectasis is the : Breathing exercises as well as mucolytics, oral hydration and chest physotherapy can relieve this condition. ...Read more

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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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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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Whats bibasilar atelectasis? Why would you need CT to find it?

Whats bibasilar atelectasis? Why would you need CT to find it?

Lung not expanded: Means that atelectatic lung is not fully expanded. Atelectasis can be minor where there are linear areas not fully expanded or more severe where full lobe or segment of lobe of lung collapsed. Don't necessarily need ct. Often diagnosed on chest x ray. ...Read more

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Hello, i am 26 years old an recently had a chest ct with dye and it showed thymic tissue, and bibasilar atelectasis... what is this and is it normal?

Hello,  i am 26 years old an recently had a chest ct with dye and it showed thymic tissue, and bibasilar atelectasis... what is this and is it normal?

Not normal: With all these abnormal findings, you need to consult a pulmonologist. The thymic tissue needs further elucidation . What is the reason for the CT chest scan to start with? Do you have myasthenia gravis or some immune defect ? Atelectasis can be explained as airways ending up in a blind alley where there is no longer air sacs to provide air exchange. ...Read more

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