Middle-lobe Syndrome

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Other Names :  

Atelectasis

What is Middle-lobe Syndrome ?  

Middle lobe syndrome is a condition in which there is a recurrent or chronic collapse of the middle lobe of the lung. Usually this occurs on the right lung, but sometimes in the left. The airway may or may not be occluded.

Cause(s) :  
  • Post surgical
  • Smoking
  • Age-related
Symptoms :  
  • Cough
  • Breathing difficulty - breathing is fast and shallow
  • Increased heart rate
  • Increased body temperature
  • Excess accumulation of fluid in the pleural cavity, limiting expansion of lungs
  • Rarely chest pain
  • Cyanosis (blue coloration of skin in extremities or mucous membranes due to low oxygen levels)
Diagnosis and Tests :  
  • Computed tomography
  • Bronchoscopy
Specialist to consult :  Pulmonology

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