What causes resorptive atelectasis?

Updated: Oct 22, 2020
  • Author: Tarun Madappa, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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Resorptive atelectasis is caused by the following:

  • Bronchogenic carcinoma

  • Bronchial obstruction from metastatic neoplasm (eg, adenocarcinoma of breast or thyroid, hypernephroma, melanoma)

  • Inflammatory etiology (eg, tuberculosis, fungal infection)

  • Aspirated foreign body

  • Mucous plug

  • Malpositioned endotracheal tube

  • Extrinsic compression of an airway by neoplasm, lymphadenopathy, aortic aneurysm, or cardiac enlargement

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