bibasilar subsegmental atelectasis

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What is lingular subsegmental atelectasis?

Partial Collapse

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

Lung not expanded

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

Poor inspiration

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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.
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Dr. Michael E. Ein answered:

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

NO

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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.
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Dr. Bennett Werner answered:

Should I be concerned if my ct scan of my lungs shows mild bibasilar gravity dependent atelectasis. reason is shortness of breath.?

No

Atelectasis
If you take a few good deep breaths, you'll eliminate it. If CTs were free and had no radiation dose, you could prove this by taking a few deep breaths and repeating your scan.
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Dr. Piotr Obara answered:

Chest ct scan subsegmental atelectasis versus fibrosis in medial margins of R \L upper lobes abutting mediastinum was F/U for 6mm ground glass nodule

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Atelectasis
Atelectasis isnt anything to worry about, just some lung tissue collapsed on itself and scarring. The ground glass nodule is something that may need longer term follow up to make sure it doesnt grow. These can be due to something called atypical adenomatous hyperplasia (AAH).
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I probably have linear subsegmental atelectasis in the inferior right middle lobe and Nonspecific stable subpleural ground glass density in the right middle lobe. Is this something serious or reason to be alerted?

Cause?

Atelectasis
These findings need to be put in perspective by your doctor. He/she can describe them with respect to you and recommend what, if anything, you should do.
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What is subsegmental atelactasis ?

Partial collapse

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Sub segmental collapse or atelectasis has many etiologies including mucus plugging from asthma, enlarged heart can compress bronchi, hypoventilation, anesthesia, ct exams, sometimes aspiration, etc. mostly transient and disappearing with deeper inspiration.
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What is bibasilar linear opacity in chest x ray indicates?

Scar vs. Atelectasis

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"Bibasilar linear opacity" is a term used by radiologists to describe thin lines seen in the bases of both lungs. The typical cause for this are benign conditions such as atelectasis or scarring after a previous infection (pneumonia) . Comparison with previous chest x-rays to determine chronicity and/or cause may be necessary.
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42 & female. bibasilar pul fibrosis by ct scan 11/2010. er doctor didnt seem concerned. reading on this & is this fatal?

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i would start by seeing a doctor who gives more information. you probably need to have more testing before deciding how much to worry and how it needs to be treated.
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