What are the possible areas of medicolegal concern when evaluating atelectasis?

Updated: Oct 22, 2020
  • Author: Tarun Madappa, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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The following may be areas of medicolegal concern regarding diagnosis:

  • Failure to consider lobar or segmental collapse when a loss of volume is observed on chest radiographs

  • Failure to exclude an endobronchial abnormality when evaluating a patient with lobar collapse

  • Failure to recognize that the lung collapse is a medical emergency because patients may develop respiratory distress and hypoxemia

  • Failure to consider bronchoscopy as a diagnostic and therapeutic procedure for patients with lung collapse


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