Atelectasis (from Greek: ἀτελής, "incomplete" + ἔκτασις, "extension") is defined as the collapse or closure of the lung resulting in reduced or absent gas exchange . It may affect part or all of one lung. It is a condition where the alveoli are deflated, as distinct from pulmonary consolidation.Source: Wikipedia
Within all the people who go to their doctor with atelectasis, 64% report having cough, 61% report having shortness of breath, and 53% report having sharp chest pain.
Patients with atelectasis often receive radiographic imaging procedure, plain x-ray, hematologic tests, complete blood count, x-ray computed tomography, electrocardiogram, intravenous fluid replacement and electrolytes panel .
The most commonly prescribed drugs for patients with atelectasis include guaifenesin (mucinex), cilostazol, tiotropium (spiriva), factor ix complex (obsolete), lactase, iodine (i-deal), pancreatin, guaifenesin / phenylephrine, filgrastim (neupogen), darbepoetin alfa (aranesp), olopatadine ophthalmic, cefuroxime and rosiglitazone (avandia) .
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Groups of people at highest risk for atelectasis include age 75+ years age 60-74 years.