What causes lung atelectasis?
Atelectasis is caused by a blockage of the air passages (bronchus or bronchioles) or by pressure on the outside of the lung. Atelectasis is not the same as another type of collapsed lung called pneumothorax, which occurs when air escapes from the lung.
What happens when you have atelectasis?
Atelectasis, the collapse of part or all of a lung, is caused by a blockage of the air passages (bronchus or bronchioles) or by pressure on the lung. Risk factors for atelectasis include anesthesia, prolonged bed rest with few changes in position, shallow breathing and underlying lung disease.
What is the best treatment for atelectasis?
Ginger. Ginger is widely reviewed as a powerful anti-inflammatory,antibiotic and warming remedy for a number of health infractions.
What is the prognosis of atelectasis?
The prognosis for those people with atelectasis depends on the severity and the extent of damage to the lungs. In adults, atelectasis affecting a small part of the lung is not life threatening, as the rest of the lung can provide enough oxygen for the body to function normally.
Which medications are used in the treatment of atelectasis?
Chest physiotherapy. Techniques that help you breathe deeply after surgery to re-expand collapsed lung tissue are very important.
What is the difference between pneumothorax and atelectasis?
Atelectasis is common in people who have undergone surgery.