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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We believe these data establish a basis under which to conduct post-market clinical studies in order to validate the modern use of VAL-083 for the treatment of NSCLC in China, where the drug is already approved for shrinking lung cancer tumors.
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.
At 200ft, her chest wall is being compressed, and blood and fluid is drawn into the shrinking lungs to support them.