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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

Dr. David Dang
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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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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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What does this mean chest ct scan ..mild infiltrates,left lower lobe may represent discoid atelectasis and or pneumonia ,mild left pleural effusion..

What does this mean chest ct scan ..mild infiltrates,left lower lobe may represent discoid atelectasis and or pneumonia ,mild left pleural effusion..

CT scan: Proper interpretation of CT or "cat scan" results is a tricky proposition and requires a physician to clinically correlate with multiple factors. The findings above may simply represent excessive mucus or possibly an infection. An effusion means there is some type of fluid in or around the lungs. ...Read more

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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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Would someone with mild atelectasis need to be hospitalized?

Would someone with mild atelectasis need to be hospitalized?

No...: Mild atelectasis, especially without symptoms, can be treated as an outpatient. The most important treatment is deep breathing and an incentive spirometer can help with this. Ask your doctor for one if you don't have one. Good luck! ...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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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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What are the symptoms of atelectasis please? Existing with bronchiectasis

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 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