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What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of lungs?

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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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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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?

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

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Collapsed lunghad markers placed in liver 3 weeks ago had collapsed lung , treatment chest tube, could it reoccur?

Collapsed lunghad markers placed in liver 3 weeks ago had collapsed lung , treatment chest tube, could it reoccur?

Unlikely: If due to the test and needles , it is unlikely to recur. Spontaneous pneumo does have a significant spontaneous recurrence rate. ...Read more

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What would cause atelectasis with effusions 24 hours after percutaneous liver biopsy? Both lungs. Chest pain.

What would cause atelectasis with effusions 24 hours after percutaneous liver biopsy? Both lungs. Chest pain.

Worry about bleed: See your doctor - with the biopsy we worry about bleeding of the liver or other tissue. Uncertain why you are on plaquenil (hydroxychloroquine). This medicine could be used to treat other conditions that you have and these other conditions could be causing these changes ...Read more

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Treatment for atelectasis due to which o2 levels are low?

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

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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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What does it mean when you have a mild plate like atelectasis in the lung?

What does it mean when you have a mild plate like atelectasis in the lung?

linear atelectasis: Lung collapse/atelectasis can occur for many reasons asthmatics get collapse because of mucus plugs in the airway.Sometimes aspiration causes atelectasis. Infection and tumor can produce atelectasis. Ateletasis can clear following disappearance of disease process. Plate-like atelectasis is usually minor area of lung collapse sometimes seen without obvious cause or scar from previous disease. ...Read more

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Is linear atelectasis of lungs reversible, ? If one also has athma, and bronciectasis?

Is linear atelectasis of lungs  reversible, ? If one also has athma, and bronciectasis?

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

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