shrinking lung

shrinking lung

A popular term for elevation of the diaphragm due to pleural adhesions, plate-like atelectases and chronic fibrosis, a finding seen in SLE; the radiologic and pathologic findings may not translate into clinical disease. Cf Pulmonary sequestration.
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In literature shrinking lung syndrome in SLE may be under diagnosed it should be suspected in SLE patients who present with dyspnea and x-ray find- ings of low lung volume elevated diaphragm and restrictive pattern of PFTs without any other ap- parent cause.
Shrinking lung syndrome in systemic lupus erythematosus patients with dyspnea.
119) Shrinking lung syndrome, a late-stage complication of SLE, characterized by restrictive pattern pulmonary function tests and elevated hemidiaphragm, has also rarely been reported in patients with SLE and SS overlap.
Shrinking lung syndrome, which is due to muscle and/or diaphragm dysfunction and may progress to severe respiratory dysfunction, has been reported in children.
At 200ft, her chest wall is being compressed, and blood and fluid is drawn into the shrinking lungs to support them.