Incomplete expansion of lung tissue with resultant loss of lung volume and function, leading to impaired airway mucus clearance
Broadly categorized as:
Obstructive: blockage within a...
Tachypnea and sudden-onset dyspnea
Pleuritic pain on affected side
History of smoking, COPD, pulmonary insufficiency, exposure to radiation, as...
Prevention following surgery or general anesthesia using PEEP (3)[C]
Treat the underlying cause.
Ensure patient is lying on the unaffected side to promote drainage:
Depends on underlying cause and comorbidities
In uncomplicated cases of atelectasis associated with asthma or infection, outpatient monitoring is...
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46621007 Atelectasis (disorder)
58525007 Obstructive atelectasis
196143003 postoperative atelectasis (disorder)
16537000 compression atele...
No strong clinical evidence supports atelectasis as an early cause of postoperative fever.
Anesthesia-induced atelectasis occurs in almost all anesthetized patients.
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