How is atelectasis diagnosed in mechanically ventilated patients?

Updated: Oct 22, 2020
  • Author: Tarun Madappa, MD, MPH; Chief Editor: Nader Kamangar, MD, FACP, FCCP, FCCM  more...
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Atelectasis in the mechanically ventilated patient can result in the reduction of both dynamic and static compliance, and increased shunt physiology. [7] Complete left- or right-lung atelectasis in a mechanically ventilated patient can result in decreased lung compliance manifested by a decline in static compliance. Therefore, when monitoring peak and end-inspiratory plateau pressures, one should observe for a rise in both pressures.


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