Is a pulmonary embolism a form of atelectasis? How do you treat it?

No. A Pulmonary embolus causes a loss of blood flow to a segment of lung. Atelectasis represents collapse of a segment of lung not due to lack of blood flow but because of the inability to inspire deeply. A pulmonary embolus occurs secondary to a blood clot moving usually from the legs to the lung. Deep inspirations treat Atelectasis whereas blood thinners are the treatment for pulmonary emboli.

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How will having a pulmonary embolism affect my baby?

No direct effect. Pulmonary embolism (pe) is a potentially life threatening event that can occur as a result of a deep vein thrombosis (DVT) and DVT risk is increased by a factor of about 30 during pregnancy. Having a pe would not have a direct effect on your fetus, but fetal survival is dependent on maternal survival. Having a DVT and/or a pe will require anticoagulation, which can be done safely during pregnancy. Read more...
Hypoxia. If a pregnant mother has a pulmonary embolism it could lower her blood oxygen levels and then lower oxygen levels in the fetus. It is important to avoid/treat any hypoxia in a pregnant mom if it indeed is present. Read more...
Who has it. If you had pulmonary embolism (pe) while pregnant it could affect your baby development. The higher oxygen level is and shorter time of low oxygen in your blood is - it is less likely to affect your baby. Make sure you are on blood thinner ( heparin) and if necessary also on oxygen. Read more...
Hypoxia. If you are pregnant and developed pe( pulmonary embolism) then you can develop low oxygen(hypoxia) which can cause fetal damage in early stages for organ development or fetal death if severe hypoxia. Also you should be taking heparin/lovenox injections because they are safer than Coumadin (warfarin) on fetal effect. Read more...
Talk to your high . Risk OB & get answers. Good luck as these things can be very successfully managed. Read more...
Depends. The size and severity of the pe determine the long term effects. Small pes can be "relatively" well tolerated in that the child survives and does not develop long term problems. But large pes can be life threatening and lead to abnormal heart and lung function. Read more...

How to survive a pulmonary embolism if left untreated?

Why not treat it? Pulmonary emboli are not things to be ignored or not treat. This is something that a medical professional needs to treat with usually blood thinners. If there is a reason to not give blood thinners, then there still may be other things to do to minimize or prevent the risk of future clots. Read more...