What does basilar atelectasis mean?
Bibasilar atelectasis is a condition that happens when you have a partial collapse of your lungs. This type of collapse is caused when the small air sacs in your lungs deflate. These small air sacs are called alveoli. Bibasilar atelectasis specifically refers to the collapse of the lower sections of your lungs.
Is Bibasilar atelectasis serious?
It occurs when tiny air sacs in the lungs known as alveoli deflate. Bibasilar atelectasis is the collapse of the lowest lobes in both lungs. Bibasilar atelectasis can cause severe complications if left untreated.
How is basilar atelectasis treated?
- Performing deep-breathing exercises (incentive spirometry) and using a device to assist with deep coughing may help remove secretions and increase lung volume.
- Positioning your body so that your head is lower than your chest (postural drainage).
- Tapping on your chest over the collapsed area to loosen mucus.
What is the best treatment for atelectasis?
Ginger. Ginger is widely reviewed as a powerful anti-inflammatory,antibiotic and warming remedy for a number of health infractions.
Which medications are used in the treatment of atelectasis?
Chest physiotherapy. Techniques that help you breathe deeply after surgery to re-expand collapsed lung tissue are very important.
What are the risks of atelectasis?
Low blood oxygen (hypoxemia). Atelectasis makes it more difficult for your lungs to get oxygen to the air sacs (alveoli).
What are the signs of atelectasis?
Signs of Atelectasis. Displacement (shift) of the interlobar fissures (major and minor) toward the area of atelectasis. Increase in the density of the affected lung (Fig. 5-1). Displacement (shift) of the mobile structures of the thorax. • The mobile structures are those capable of movement due to changes in lung volume.