postoperative atelectasis

postoperative atelectasis

a form of atelectasis in which collapse of lung tissue is caused by the depressant effects of anesthetic drugs or the inability to breathe deeply or cough effectively because of pain. Deep breathing and coughing are encouraged at frequent postoperative intervals to prevent this condition.
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Postoperative atelectasis
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The unadjusted rate of perioperative blood transfusions and postoperative atelectasis was higher in the group receiving epidural analgesia.
This patient appears to be suffering from a classic case of postoperative atelectasis with possible complicating pneumonia.
However, non-linear regression indicated that longer duration of anaesthesia tended to be associated with postoperative atelectasis, and increased age to be significant in prediction of pleural effusion.