OK folks, I think I'm happy with the CT scan results. Not sure I'm
but feeling a lot better than I might have been... Here's what I said to family and friends. BobE
Hi Mom, spent about 15 minutes talking to Dr. Cryer. He says the report is pretty good in that they think cancer is less likely. They think it is just atelectasis - which mean my lungs do not fully inflate & the folds that don't inflate have scarred over. They will do the CT scan again in three months to make sure nothing changes.
Alternative names Partial lung collapse
Atelectasis is the collapse of part or all of a lung by blockage of the air passages (bronchus or bronchioles), or by very shallow breathing. See also pneumothorax.
Causes, incidence, and risk factors
Anesthesia, prolonged bed rest with few changes in position, shallow breathing, and underlying lung diseases are risk factors for atelectasis. Secretions that plug the airway, foreign objects (common in children) in the airway, and tumors that obstruct the airway may lead to atelectasis.
In an adult, small regions of atelectasis are usually not life-threatening, because unaffected parts of the lung compensate for the loss of function in the affected area. Large-scale atelectasis, especially in someone who has another lung disease or illness may be life-threatening. In a baby or small child, lung collapse due to a mucus obstruction or other causes can be life-threatening.
Massive atelectasis may result in the collapse of a lung.
Encourage movement and deep breathing in anyone who is bedridden for long periods.
A search on atelectasis will yeild much more info. BobE