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Treatments For Linear Atelectasis
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
Nonspecific findings of lung injury.
Usually not a big deal.
Check with your lung doc. ...Read more
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
Yes: Atelectasis simply means that there is an area of the lung where the alveoli (air sacs) are collapsed or not completely inflated. Linear atelectasis usually means that this involves a very tiny portion of the lung. This is usually a transient finding unless there is something blocking the larger airways. Bronchiectasis, however, is not usually reversible. ...Read more
Is linear atelectasis of lungs [if reversed]; a recurrent problem for patient having bronciectasis alongside?
Cxr report mentioned linear atelectasis can this cause sob/ deep breathing issues. Also was exposed to asbestos in 7/2013. Could la be from asbestos?
Atelectasis: Atelectasis describe the condition where the lung has a decrease in volume secondary to an area of lung collapse. It would be difficult to identify a specific cause for focal area of collapse as there can be many causes. Most of the time, small areas of atelectasis cause no symptoms. ...Read more
If shortness of breath is caused by atelectasis, how can it be treated pls? I ve linear atelectasis, and inhalers doesn't seem to be working well for me
Chest Physiotherapy: Atelectasis or collapsed lung is usually caused by mucus plug. In order to expand the lung you need to drink lot of fluids which help to make the mucus thin and you need to take bronchodilators through nebulizer as it contains saline and follow that by bending down at the edge of bed with some one patting on your back and trying to dislodge the mucus plg and thereby expand the lung. Do it 3-4 time/. ...Read more
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
Questionable small density at the left upper lung field and linear atelectasis is superimposed on the left hilum. What? Cancer? Remainder lungs clear.
Possible: The possibility of cancer is almost always there. The risk depends on the smoking history, family history of cancer, the size of the mass, etc. Smokers are at higher risk. Certain cancers are familial. Larger spots and those with ragged edges are more likely to be cancerous. Consultation with oncologist or lung specialist may be considered.. ...Read more
A recent chest xray shows I have linear atelectasis in the lower lobes of each lung. Can I go on an upcoming trip that involves a number of flights?
Pleural bassed nodule at posterior aspect os mid cephalad right lower lobe of lung 7 x 4 mm. Also linear atelectasis within right midlung. Age 73?
Follow up of nodule: The linear atelectasis is nothing to worry about. The pleural based nodule sounds like a potentially benign nodule. Surveillance of a nodule of this size, however, is frequently recommended, particularly if you have a smoking history. Please sure to talk to your doctor for the appropriate steps. ...Read more
My husband had triple bypass surgery 1 month ago. And his most recent chest x ray found linear atelectasis in the right lung base. A concern?
Need more expansion: Atalectasis happens when the lungs aren't expanding enough to allow the alveoli to open adequately. The proper function of alveoli is needed to take in enough and release enough carbon dioxide. This is common to see after a surgery, for example. Your doctor may recommend special breathing exercises - or ventilator adjustments - to help. LGromkoMD ...Read more
The Vest: If you don't already have one, please ask your physician to prescribe this. It is a "unique therapy system designed to help mobilise pulmonary secretions through high frequency chest wall oscillation". I am not a pulmonologist, however a close family member has had bronchiectasis for 30 years and has not had a bout of pneumonia since she began using this vest. She is 87 and still plays tennis! ...Read more
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
What are the treatments of atelectasis please? Existing with bronchiectasis, it was seen on my ct, I think its a recurrent issues for me
Many: There are many things we would consider to treat atelectasis depending what causes it. However, once atelectasis occurs, the our job is to control your symptoms and slow down the progression of the diseases. If it's due to smoking, you should stop smoking. If it's due to frequent pneumonia you should see an immunologist and pulmonologist. ...Read more
Completed treatment for rectal cancer. Scans good, last pelvic scan saw scar/atelectasis bottom one lung. Had bad cold when scan was done. What??
Need repeat Xray: Stale tasks should clear over time. That will show on a repeat X-ray after one month ...Read more
I had a collapsed lung 3 weeks ago, now again I have the pain in my back that I had before treatment, can it be the lung collapsing again, thank you?
Could be: Are you having trouble breathing, if so you may have a recurrence of spontaneous pneumothorax. Visit your nearest emergency room and enroll in programs to help you quit smoking. As long your you smoke, you will always be at risk for spontaneous pneumothoraces. ...Read more
Collapsed lunghad markers placed in liver 3 weeks ago had collapsed lung, treatment chest tube, could it reoccur?
If due to the test and needles, it is unlikely to recur.
Spontaneous pneumo does have a significant spontaneous recurrence rate. ...Read more
Atelectasis=: Collapse of a lung or part of a lung from a variety of causes. ...Read more
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
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
Breathe deep: Atelectasis occurs when the lung is not fully expanded. When you have a cough or it hurts to take a deep breath you tend to breath shallow. Take deep breaths all the way to the bottom of your lungs and you should be able to open up the area with atelectasis. If it persists your doctor can order tests to evaluate it further. ...Read more
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
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