Bibasilar Atelectasis Symptoms

Bibasilar atelectasis is the collapse of tiny air pockets in the lungs. The symptoms are fever, cough and shortness of breath and it is usually associated with pneumonia, COPD and asthma.

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Definition

Atelectasis is the collapse of part or (much less commonly) all of a lung.

See also: Pneumothorax


Alternative Names

Partial lung collapse


Causes, incidence, and risk factors

Atelectasis is caused by a blockage of the air passages (bronchus or bronchioles) or by pressure on the outside of the lung.

It is common after surgery, or in patients who were in the hospital.

Risk factors for developing atelectasis include:

  • Anesthesia
  • Foreign object in the airway...
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