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atelectasis

Updated on April 9, 2016
Define

Atelectasis - the complete collapse of the lung or part can be a complication of many respiratory problems. Mucus in the airways after surgery, cystic fibrosis, aspiration from the outside, severe asthma and chest trauma is one of the common causes of atelectasis.

Unlike pneumothorax, chest wall and the air between the lungs, atelectasis develops when the air sacs in the lung alveoli are deflated.

Collapsed lung tissue volume may vary depending on the cause. The signs and symptoms of atelectasis also vary from the basic causes and extent of lung tissue involved. Atelectasis possibly serious condition because it impairs the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide in the lungs. Treatment depends on the cause and severity of atelectasis.

The symptoms Depending on the severity of atelectasis , there may be no signs or symptoms clear . If you experience these signs and symptoms , which may include : Shortness of breath. Shortness of breath . They. Mild fever . Significant atelectasis can occur while lying in hospital treatment . However , see your doctor immediately if you have difficulty breathing . Other conditions besides atelectasis can cause breathing difficulties , and most require accurate diagnosis and timely treatment . If breathing becomes increasingly difficult , seek emergency care .
Reason

Atelectasis may be the result of blocked airways ( obstructive atelectasis ) or pressure outside the lung ( atelectasis no congestion ) . Like soap bubbles , liquid surface keeps the bubble intact , coat the surface of each small air sacs ( alveoli ) in the lungs keep them from falling . Anything that reduces the surface , such as pressure on the lungs , causing lung collapse .

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