By Dr Raghuram Y.S. MD (Ay) & Dr Manasa, B.A.M.S
Partial or total collapse of lung or a part of a lung is called atelectasis. There are many small air sacs within the lungs. They are called alveoli. This condition occurs when these sacs get deflated or filled with fluid.
‘When some of your alveoli don’t fill with air, it’s called atelectasis’ (Read more)
The alveoli as a result do not expand the way they should when you breathe. Atelectasis may involve small or large portions of the lung. This totally depends on what causes the condition.
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Many times there may be no obvious signs and symptoms.
When many alveoli are involved or when atelectasis occurs quickly, enough oxygen will not come to the blood. Many symptoms may be caused due to low blood oxygen. The commons symptoms are –
- Difficulty in breathing…