What are key elements of patient education regarding atelectasis?

Updated: Oct 22, 2020
  • Author: Tarun Madappa, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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Patients should know that difficulty breathing is an immediate reason to seek medical care. Atelectasis also is one of the most common complications after surgery. Deep-breathing exercises can help reduce atelectasis risk and can improve lung function.

For patient education information, see the Lung Disease and Respiratory Health Center, as well as Collapsed Lung and Bronchoscopy.


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