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Doctor insights on: What Is Linear Atelectasis Of The Lungs

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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

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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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

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Is linear atelectasis of lungs [if reversed]; a recurrent problem for patient having bronciectasis alongside?

Is linear atelectasis of lungs [if reversed]; a recurrent problem for patient having bronciectasis alongside?

Probably: Atelectasis is collapse of the lung. If you have bronchiectasis, you may get recurrent mucus plugging and the lung that is supplied by that area can collapse resulting in "linear atelectasis". ...Read more

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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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Questionable small density at the left upper lung field and linear atelectasis is superimposed on the left hilum. What? Cancer? Remainder lungs clear.

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

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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

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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?

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?

Atlectasis: This often happens after bypass surgery, he should use the spirometer from the hospital, if he doesn’t have that, take deep breaths frequently about hourly and follow with your doctors
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What is scattered strands of fibrosis and linear atelectasis?

CT findings: Nonspecific findings of lung injury.

Usually not a big deal.

Check with your lung doc. ...Read more

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What does mild linear atelectasis in the bilateral lower lobes and right middle lobes mean?

Atelectasis: 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

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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

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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 someone patting on your back and trying to dislodge the mucus plg and thereby expand the lung. Do it 3-4 time/. ...Read more

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What is shallow lungs & minimal left basilar subsegmental atelectasis signs of?

What is shallow lungs & minimal left basilar subsegmental atelectasis signs of?

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

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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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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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I have been diagnosed with Atelectasis and now have several nodules in my lungs. Can this be asbestos? I served in the navy as a boiler technician and

I have been diagnosed with Atelectasis and now have several nodules in my lungs. Can this be asbestos? I served in the navy as a boiler technician and

Good question: It sounds like you have had a medical evaluation and some studies to look at your lungs. Unfortunately, it is not possible to know everything about lung nodules from xrays or cat scans, even though one can tell if they are growing or changing in any way. Hope for the best and continue to follow up with your doctors. If anything becomes suspicious, they may offer a biopsy to be sure. ...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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What's the difference in atelectasis and collapsed lung?

What's the difference in atelectasis and collapsed lung?

Blocked bronchi: The bronchial tree branches and lead to air sacs (alveoli) that then transfer o2 to the blood stream. If a bronchial tube is completely blocked (e.g. By mucous, foreign body, tumor) the blocked air sacs as the air is absorbed into the blood stream and no air can get in>atelectasis. Lung collapse occurs if there is air or fluid between lung surface and chest wall (e.g. Pneumothorax/effusion). ...Read more

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What are the causes and treatment for atelectasis of a lobe of lung?

Depends: Depending upon cause, pt may need chest physiotherapy, bronchoscopy or chest tube. ...Read more

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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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What does "dependent atelectasis is present posteriorly within the lungs. Mild biapical pleural/parenchymal scarring is present." mean?

What does "dependent atelectasis is present posteriorly within the lungs.  Mild biapical pleural/parenchymal scarring is present." mean?

Benign findings: Dependent atalectasis is just compression of the dependent lungs when lying down. A normal finding, mild bi-apical scarring is simply symmetric scar formation at the top of both lungs, usually associated with aging. Don't worry. ...Read more

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Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis? What does this mean, (asthma, coughing and flem, no fever pain in, chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesn't stop and fl

Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatibke with subsegmental atelectasis? What does this mean, (asthma, coughing and flem, no fever pain in, chest where brocolo area is and hurts to take deep breath s cough for 4 mths that doesn't stop and fl

Poor Asthma Control: Sounds like you have a history of poorly controlled asthma. With 4 months of worsening cough and atelectasis on CXR I would recommend seeing a physician who specializes in managing asthma like an allergist or pulmonologist if not already done so in order to get better control of your symptoms. ...Read more

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I have a linear opacity within the lower left lung field compatible with minimal atelectasis?

I have a linear opacity within the lower left lung field compatible with minimal atelectasis?

Don't worry: These are incidental benign findings. Quit smoking if u smoke. Atelectasis could be due to residual effects of pneumonia, heart failure, pneumothorax, exposure to chemicals/irritants etc. Follow up with your dr for any concerns! ...Read more

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Peripheral to linear density left upr lung 2nd3rd rib. Questnble faint density. 1cm-1.5cm. Culd b related tofocal atelectasis or artifact. Cancer?

Peripheral to linear density left upr lung 2nd3rd rib. Questnble faint density. 1cm-1.5cm. Culd b related tofocal atelectasis or artifact. Cancer?

Not too likely: Lung cancer risk will depend a lot on if you are a smoker or have history of being exposed to industrial debride. Family history plays a role as well. All that being said, your cxr description is not commonly found in cancer patients at the site of the tumor. ...Read more

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Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatible with subsegmental atelectasis?meaning (asthma, cough, flem, no fever, seen specialist asthma

Linear opacities in the lung base are noted compatible with subsegmental atelectasis?meaning (asthma, cough, flem, no fever, seen specialist asthma

Abnormal chest xray : The chest xray should be reviewed and discussed with your asthma specialist. In general if your asthma is stable and you have no lingering chest symptoms then the xray is non-specific but should be able repeated in six months. ...Read more

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What is the difference between atelectasis and collapsed lung?

Not much: Collapsed lung is called atelectasis which could be secondary to pneumothorax, mucous plug or tum etc or infections,. ...Read more

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What is the difference? Between atelectasis and collapsed lung?

Grades of the same: Atelectasis (from the latin for imperfect extension) can refer to collapse of a small portion of the lung (called a segment or subsegment) or to collapse of an entire lung. It can be due to obstruction of an airway. Depending on the level of the airway (whether a main bronchus or a smaller bronchiole) depends on the amount of lung that collapses. ...Read more

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Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Should I worry about small atelectasis and small pleural effusion in my lungs 6 weeks after pneumonia? I'm worried

Probably normal: These changes are typical after pneumonia, but should resolve within 6-12 weeks. Ask whomever was treating you for the pneumonia about the need for a follow up chest X-ray in a couple months. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I have an atelectasis at the lung bases bilaterally and it appears to be a slight elevation of the left hemidiaphragm what does this mean?

I have an atelectasis at the lung bases bilaterally and it appears to be a slight elevation of the left hemidiaphragm what does this mean?

Lung doc: You want to see your lung doc. Ask about a test about your diaphragm, such as ultrasound and real diaphragmatic movements, or fluoroscopy. Also discuss testing such as ultrasound, CT, MRI for the abdomen and the chest.

You may also need pulmonary function testing. Ask your lung doc and good luck! ...Read more

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Atelectasis (Definition)

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