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Atelectasis (Definition)

collapse of a lung or part of a lung from ...Read more


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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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What is minimal pleural effusion? Pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion left.?

What is minimal pleural effusion? Pleurodiaphragmatic adhesion left.?

Explained below: There is a collection of fluid in an estimated small amount around your lung. On the left there is most likely a focal area of scar connecting the lining of the lung called the pleura with the diaphragm. Did you have an empyema? An infection in the pleural space and/or a chest tube placed? ...Read more

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Lingular atelectasis and lung cancer relationship?

Lingular atelectasis and lung cancer relationship?

Depends: Is the lung cancer also in the lingula sometimes the cancer plugs the airway and causes distal collapse(atelectasis) also pneumonia, cancer and atelectasis are part of COPD due to smoking. ...Read more

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Calcified pleural plaques lower thorax?

Calcified pleural plaques lower thorax?

Exposed to asbestos: Means that you may have or have worked around asbestos. Will not affect your breathing but may put you at risk for mesothelioma. Would have you doc keep an eye on them every so often. ...Read more

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Ct chest adrenal nodule 1.9 CM right. Lungs demonstrate babisalar dependent atelectasis small subpleural bullae noted right up lobe trace pericardial?

Ct chest adrenal nodule 1.9 CM right. Lungs demonstrate babisalar dependent atelectasis small subpleural bullae noted right up lobe trace pericardial?

Adrenal eval: Hi. The adrenal nodule needs to be evaluated. What were the Hounsfield units on the non-contrast scan of the nodule? Your endocrinologist will determine: 1) if it's producing any hormones, and 2) if it's growing. If high Hounsfield units, it needs sooner evaluation. Any hirsutism, amenorrhea, diabetes, serious high blood pressure, sweating, headache, palpitations, etc? Good luck! ...Read more

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Life expectancy malignant pleural effusion?

Life expectancy malignant pleural effusion?

Depesinds on primary: Depends on primary site and spread to other organs, some like mesothelioma will not be good, isolated plural effusion from breast responds well to chemotherapy.Rarely cured. ...Read more

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Is pleural effusion dangerous?

Is pleural effusion dangerous?

Possible: Depends on cause of which there are many: pneumonia, cancer, heart failure, pulmonary embolism and more. Needs full evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Xray result:Prominent perihilar interstitial markings suggesting bronchitis.No superimposed infiltrate or atelectasis.I thought bronchitis didn't show?

Xray result:Prominent perihilar interstitial markings suggesting bronchitis.No superimposed infiltrate or atelectasis.I thought bronchitis didn't show?

Subtile finding: Normal bronchial walls are hard to see on a chest x ray (arrows in pic). If they are thickened one can see them a little more. Even so, it is a tough call so we say "suggestive of" to say we really are not sure, but we see enough to be more than just a little suspicious. For complete eval of lung tissue we do high resolution CT. "Bronchitis" is a clinical diagnosis, though, so listen to your Dr. ...Read more

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Pleural plaques and pleural effusion, what is this?

Pleural plaques and pleural effusion, what is this?

Thickening and fluid: Pleural effusion is fluid around the lung. Pleural plaques are thickening of the lining of the lung and chest wall. Both can be due to numerous reasons including infection, heart failure, exposure to asbestos and cancer. ...Read more

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Calcified lung nodules?

Generally no worries: These are likely "healed" TB or fungal infection that the body has "walled off" and calcified. Usually called calcified granulomas. Very common, especially in certain parts of the world where specific fungi are endemic in the environment - in those areas, nearly every one has them and they do no harm. ...Read more

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Collapsed lung recovery?

Collapsed lung recovery?

Patience: Chest tube drainage/evacuation will often resolve pressure imbalance instantly. The hole in the lung from trauma or spontaneous collapse can potentially seal in just a few days (like a scab). The lung tissue takes longer to fully heal, depending on type of injury. If from trauma, associated chest wall injury (rib fractures, etc...) as well as chest tube site may take weeks to months to heal. ...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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Chest XRay - Latetal view demonstrates blunting of both costophrenic angles w/either small lung base pleural effusions are chronic pleural thickening.

Chest XRay - Latetal view demonstrates blunting of both costophrenic angles w/either small lung base pleural effusions are chronic pleural thickening.

If you have: previous chest X-rays to compare, that would be helpful in making the determination between mild pleural thickening(scarring) or effusion(fluid). There are numerous potential etiologies for each. Further imaging could include ultrasound, special chest xray views(decubitus views ), or CT scan. ...Read more

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What's a 14mm noncalcified left upper lobe parenchymal pulmonary mass adjacent atelectasis.Left upper lobe bronchus/hillar peribronchial cuffing/thick?

What's a 14mm noncalcified left upper lobe parenchymal pulmonary mass adjacent atelectasis.Left upper lobe bronchus/hillar peribronchial cuffing/thick?

Mgt PHI: The imaging may be uploaded to an inbox consultation. From your description I would suggest a follow up imaging study with an evaluation with additional information. Have you smoked? Is there a family history of cancer? Have you been tested for any infections? The mass is probably impinging on the airway and causing areas of collapse, called atelectasis. This area is prone to secondary infection ...Read more