Atelectasis

What is Atelectasis?

Atelectasis meaning Failure of the lung to expand (inflate) completely. This may be caused by a blocked airway, a tumor, general anesthesia, pneumonia or other lung infections, lung disease, or long-term bedrest with shallow breathing. Sometimes called a collapsed lung. For more information, see http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/health-topics/topics/atl

 

reference: national Cancer Institute – Glossary for Registrars

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