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low lung volumes basilar atelectasis

Postby levi1993 » Sat Dec 09, 2006 4:22 pm

i just wondered if anyone with sleep apnea has low lung volume or basilar atelectasis?? my husband has severe apnea and uses cpap , when he went to mayo for his graves disease they did an xray and told us he had this. when i looked at it on the internet it said it means you may have a blockage of the airway. i just wondered if the apnea could cause this or maybe its his thyroid disease . his newest thyroid scan shows a nodule and they said he has to the endocronologist again.

Postby Vicki » Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:22 am


The anwer is no. I found this great explanatory article. Basilar atelectasis and/or low lung volume are caused by various disease processes which affect the lungs. OSA is a collapse of upper throat tissue.


But He needs to ask his doc if hi OSA and atelectasis could be related.

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Postby auntnene » Sun Dec 10, 2006 11:31 am

I have a thyroid nodule also and have been reassured by several doctors that it has nothing to do with my OSA. He will need to have it biopsied and some uptake tests done in radiology so don't put off seeing the endo doctor.
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Basilar atelectasis

Postby Lyndia » Fri Jul 06, 2007 12:43 pm

I was diagnosed with mild sleep apnea two years ago, I do have a cpap machine but stopped using it due to an alergy to the cheek pads. I just found out that I have Basilar Atelectasis, during a CT scan scarring in the lower part of my left lung was noted, then a pre-op chest exray called it Basilar Atelectasis...I also have some Granulomatous desease of the spleen that was seen in the CT scan.

I have had my gal-bladder removed recently (April 2007) and during the CT scan a variety of cysts on my ovary was noted. I just had a suregery to remove my ovaries and falopian tubes, I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer.
I orginally went to the doctor when I was having problems swallowing and had upper abdominal and lower left pain. I have had a number of tests since February of this year (2007).

What causes Basilar atelectasis? Is it a side effect of everything else I have going on? Does it ever reverse itself?
What can I do to fix it? Is it caused by sleep apnea?

I am also wondering if using a cpap will help it? If so does anyone have a source for non-latex based masks and fittings for them?

I need all the answers I can get right now...

Postby nhoward14 » Fri Jul 06, 2007 2:31 pm

There is no cause/effect relationship between basilar atelectasis and sleep apnea.

Sleep apnea is caused by weakening of throat tissue during sleep resulting in collapse of the airway.

The most common cause of atelectasis is an obstruction of a large bronchus (one of the two main branches of the trachea leading directly to the lungs). Smaller airways can also become blocked. The obstruction may be caused by a plug of mucus, a tumor, or an inhaled foreign object inside the bronchus. Alternatively, the bronchus may be blocked by something pressing from the outside, such as a tumor, enlarged lymph nodes, or a significant amount of fluid or air in the pleural space around the lungs.
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