Table of ContentsDefinition / general
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Definition / general
- Incomplete expansion of lung or collapse of previously inflated lung, due to obstruction / resorption, compression or contraction
- Obstruction: resorption of oxygen causes collapse and mediastinal shifts towards affected lung; due to mucus plugs, asthma, chronic bronchitis, bronchiectasis, postoperative changes, foreign bodies, but not usually due to tumors, which cause only subtotal obstruction
- Compression: due to fluid (congestive heart failure), air (pneumothorax), tumor and blood; causes mediastinal shifts away from affected lung
- Contraction: due to fibrosis (restrictive lung disease)
- Patchy: due to loss of surfactant in acute respiratory distress syndrome