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How is atelectasis diagnosed?

Atelectasis is diagnosed by a person's symptoms, the physical examination findings, and the setting in which the symptoms occurred. A chest x-ray that shows the airless area confirms the diagnosis, but the x-ray may appear normal even when the person is feeling breathless. If an obstruction of the airways is suspected, a computed tomography scan (CT) or bronchoscopy may be performed to locate the cause of the blockage.

 

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What is atelectasis? - Atelectasis is the collapse of part or all of a lung by blockage of the air passages, or by very shallow breathing.
What causes atelectasis? - The most common cause of atelectasis is an obstruction of a large bronchus. Adhesive or congenital atelectasis results from the lack of surfactant.
What're the symptoms of atelectasis? - Symptoms and signs of atelectasis include shortness of breath and decreased chest wall expansion.
How is atelectasis diagnosed? - Atelectasis is diagnosed by a person's symptoms, the physical examination findings, and the setting in which the symptoms occurred.
What's the treatment for atelectasis? - The goal of treatment for atelectasis is to remove pulmonary (lung) secretions and re-expand the affected lung tissue.
How to prevent atelectasis? - Breathing exercises and the use of breathing devices, such as an incentive spirometer, may help prevent atelectasis.
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