Lung - nontumor
Other nonneoplastic disease
Round or rounded atelectasis

Topic Completed: 1 December 2011

Revised: 30 January 2019, last major update December 2011

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PubMed search: round atelectasis [title] OR rounded atelectasis [title]

Elliot Weisenberg, M.D.
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Cite this page: Weisenberg E. Round or rounded atelectasis. website. Accessed October 15th, 2019.
Definition / general
  • Localized area of subpleural lung collapse with associated pleural fibrosis
  • Patients usually asymptomatic with occupational exposure to asbestos
  • Usually posterior portion of a lower lobe
Gross description
  • Lung shows ill defined atelectasis with deeply invaginated pleural folds, which may disappear during grossing
Microscopic (histologic) description
  • Pleural fibrosis and invagination (use elastic stains to highlight) and atelectasis
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