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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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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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Discoid atelectasis sign of cancer?

Discoid atelectasis sign of cancer?

NO: Many non cancerous conditions will cause discoid altelectasis of lung ...Read more

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Treating a Collapsed Lung (Checklist)

Visit the emergency department for X-rays and initial treatment
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Use high flow oxygen
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Use pain medications as directed
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My husband has some minor linear atelectasis in the left lingula with slight dependant atelectasis at the lung base also mild right hilar lymphadenop?

My husband has some minor linear atelectasis in the left lingula with slight dependant atelectasis at the lung base also mild right hilar lymphadenop?

Needs evaluation: The presence of linear opacities with hilar adenopathy can be due to several acute or chronic conditions such as histoplasmosis, atypical mycobacterial infections, sarcoidosis, or rarely malignancy etc. Your husband should immediately see a lung specialist for a complete evaluation to determine the underlying cause, which will help determine appropriate course of treatment. ...Read more

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I have minimal arteriosclosis of the thoracic aorta and linear scarring/subsegmental atelectasis in the left lung base.what should i do and what antibiotics should i take?

I have minimal arteriosclosis of the thoracic aorta and linear scarring/subsegmental atelectasis in the left lung base.what should i do and what antibiotics should i take?

Modify diet; no Abx.: Arteriosclerosis (hardening of the arteries) is best treated by modifying your diet, eliminating simple sugars and "bad" fats, keeping your BP controlled. In many cases, cholesterol and/or BP medications are needed. Subsegmental atelectasis refers to a scar formed in a small portion of the lungs probably from an old injury or infection; without new symptoms, no role for antibiotics (Abx won't reverse atelec ...Read more

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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

Recognize that most nodules are benign scars, not malignant
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Remember to obtain any previous images possibly showing nodule
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Carefully research best options, follow vs. biopsy
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How can linear atelectasis of lungs be treated/ reversed, ?

How can linear atelectasis of lungs be treated/ reversed, ?

Usually no treatment: Treatment depends on cause and severity. Minor linear atelectasis typically requires no treatment. It may resolve on its own. More severe atelectasis may be from respiratory infection, chronic lung diseases, obstruction from inhaled foreign objects, lung tumors, fluid in the lung, severe asthma and chest injuries. It does not sounds like you have those problems, however. ...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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Treating a Lung Nodule (Checklist)

See Doctor for Evaluation
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Evaluate Smoking Status
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Ensure Proper Follow Up of Nodule
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What is atelectasis of the lung?

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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Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more

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