What are the possible complications of atelectasis?

Updated: Oct 22, 2020
  • Author: Tarun Madappa, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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Complications may include the following:

  • Acute pneumonia

  • Hypoxemia and respiratory failure

  • Postobstructive drowning of the lung

  • Sepsis

  • Pleural effusion and empyema


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