Atelectasis is the collapse of part or all of a lung. Atelectasis is caused by a blockage of the air passages (bronchus or bronchioles) or by pressure on the outside of the lung. Risk factors for developing atelectasis include Anesthesia, Foreign object in the airway (most common in children), Lung diseases, Mucus that plugs the airway.
The goal of treatment is to re-expand the collapsed lung tissue. If fluid is putting pressure on the lung, removing the fluid may allow the lung to expand. Treatments for atelectasis include one or more of the following: Clap on the chest to loosen mucus plugs in the airway. Perform deep breathing exercises. Remove or relieve any blockage in the airways by bronchoscopy. Tilt the person so the head is lower than the chest. This allows mucus to drain more easily.
Symptoms includes Breathing difficulty, Chest pain, Cough. Prevention includes Encourage movement and deep breathing in anyone who is bedridden for long periods. Keep small objects out of the reach of young children. Maintain deep breathing after anesthesia. The mean age at presentation for rounded atelectasis is 60 years. The incidence of atelectasis at a rate of 35.9% (84/234) following a left-sided therapy was higher compared to 22.8% (31/136) following a right-sided treatment. 12.7% of patients (7/55) who developed atelectasis.