What Causes Atelectasis?

Q:
What causes atelectasis?

A:
Atelectasis is a kind of breathing complication after surgery, which characterized by the collapse or closure of a lung resulting in reduced or absent gas exchange. Atelectasis also indicates other respiratory problems. Atelectasisa is usually resulted from a blocked airway or pressure from outside the lung. Here is a list of major causes of atelectasisa:

  • Mucus plug.
  • Foreign body.
  • Narrowing of major airways from disease.
  • Tumor in a major airway.
  • Blood clot.
  • Injury.
  • Pleural effusion.
  • Pneumonia.
  • Pneumothorax.
  • Scarring of lung tissue.
  • Tumor.
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