What is Atelectasis?

It’s where a lung collapses completely or partially. It is a physiological disease in which oxygen is unable to enter the lungs’ tiny structures. As a result, there is no exchange between oxygen and carbon dioxide, resulting in a small supply of oxygen to the lungs and tissues. Initially, only a small portion of the lung may be affected, although it may spread to other areas of the lung over time.

While atelectasis is often mistaken for a collapsed lung, there is a distinction. A collapsing lung occurs as air becomes lodged between the lung and the chest wall, allowing it to collapse. Pneumothorax is the medical term for a collapsing lung. It should be noted that collapsed lung is different from atelectasis, but it can cause atelectasis.