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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 does mild linear atelectasis in the bilateral lower lobes and right middle lobes mean?

Atelectasis: Atelectasis is a condition in which one or more areas of your lungs collapse or don't inflate properly. If only a small area or a few small areas of lung are affected, you may have no signs or symptoms.

If a large area or several large areas of lung are affected, they may not be able to deliver enough oxygen to your blood. This can cause symptoms and complications. ...Read more

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Ct shows mild atelectasis right middle lobe and bilateral lower lobes as well as a few 4mm nodules left lower lobe. Should I be seen asap?

Ct shows mild atelectasis right middle lobe and bilateral lower lobes as well as a few 4mm nodules left lower lobe. Should I be seen asap?

No: These findings do not require urgent management. Atelectasis just means small areas of lung do not have enough air in them which can be due to your history of asthma. 4mm nodules are usually benign but require a 12mo follow-up if you have no smoking history or 6mo follow-up if you've ever smoked. ...Read more

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I recently had surgery after which I had chest pains. A chest xray was done to look for an oedema. It was found that I had bilateral multiple linear areas of subsegmental atelectasis in the mid and lower zones - something to be worried about?

I recently had surgery after which I had chest pains. A chest xray was done to look for an oedema. It was found that I had bilateral multiple linear areas of subsegmental atelectasis in the mid and lower zones - something to be worried about?

Atalectesis: ="collapse" of segments of the lobes of your lung PROBABLY due to restriction from the pain of abdominal surgery....Using the proper breathing (ie: deep breathes and blowing air out against resistance (special apparatus is available) will correct the sitiuation.
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I had a mcrp Mri and it showed non specific atelectasis bilateral lung bases. Could this be lung cancer or copd?

Not cancer: Atelectasis is not cancer. It is essentially a sign that some areas of your lungs are not getting as much air due to either blockage or restriction of some reason. This can be seen with foreign objects in airways, scarring, infiltration or poor lung airway movement. ...Read more

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I had bilateral breast cancer and CT with RT. Now CT Scan showed atelectasis or infiltration in the right middle and left lingula. ER doc said it's ok?

I had bilateral breast cancer and CT with RT. Now CT Scan showed atelectasis or infiltration in the right middle and left lingula. ER doc said it's ok?

Atelectasis: There are a number of reasons for atelectasis (collapse alveoli or air sacs) or infiltration (areas of inflammation) in the lung: infection, mucus plugging, or shallow breathing. Though the cause is most likely unrelated to your cancer, lung cancers or recurrent breast may sometimes appear as infiltration. Best thing to do is to schedule a follow-up visit with your oncologist for evaluation. ...Read more

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Bilateral lung nodules, Atelectasis prior papilloma thyroid CA. Pituitary Adenoma, Chiari Malformation, FMD, enlarged common bile duct no stones. Genetic?

Bilateral lung nodules, Atelectasis prior papilloma thyroid CA. Pituitary Adenoma, Chiari Malformation, FMD, enlarged common bile duct no stones. Genetic?

Maybe genetic: Probably should have genetic consult. Forinstance Chiari malformation, fibromuscular dysplasia, and thyroid cancer can be associated with neurofibromatosis. Lung nodules are non specific and can be from some infections but also metastatic disease sometimes from papillary thyroid cancer. You may want to consult a geneticist physician. ...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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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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I would like some information about subsegmental atelectasis. Also, does it cause pain?

Chest xray: That is usually a pretty benign chest X-ray finding and shouldn't cause pain. ...Read more

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What are the pediatric symptoms of atelectasis?

ATELECTASIS: When part of the lungs collapse, child will have shortness of breath, tachypnea, cyanosis and chest pain depending on the part of lungs involved. ...Read more

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Are pneumothorax and atelectasis the same thing?

No: Pneumothorax causes atelectasis but ther are other causes of lung collapse. ...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: Accumulation of mucus in a part of the lung, resulting in a collapse of the lung segment. May also be caused by a growth or infection. Treating the underlying cause and breathing exercises as well as mucolytics, oral hydration and chest physiotherapy can relieve this
condition. In advanced cases, therapeutic bronchoscopy is helpful. ...Read more

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What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of lungs?

Open lungs up: Atelectasis of lung means there is no air iin a portion of lung. This occurs if a branch of the bronchi leading to that part of the lung is blocked by mucous/phlegm or even a foreign body (like an aspirated piece of food for example). Often use of cough, bronchodilators can open bronchi up and clear phlegm or a bronchoscope can be used to suction it out. ...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 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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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