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Are pneumonia and an atelectasis the same?

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Dr. Robin Dretler
Internal Medicine - Infectious Disease
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In brief: 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.

In brief: 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.
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Dr. Michael DePietro
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
7 doctors agree

In brief: No

Atelectasis is collapse of a portion of the lung or an area that is not not fully inflated.
Depending on the degree and the situation it can either be a benign xray finding or a sign of a bigger problem pointing to a more serious underlying disorder ( such as a tumor blocking the airway and causing part of the lung to collapse.) pneumonia is an infection of the lung.

In brief: No

Atelectasis is collapse of a portion of the lung or an area that is not not fully inflated.
Depending on the degree and the situation it can either be a benign xray finding or a sign of a bigger problem pointing to a more serious underlying disorder ( such as a tumor blocking the airway and causing part of the lung to collapse.) pneumonia is an infection of the lung.
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