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Lung diseases

Focal Atelectasis

01/04/2010

Question:

I am having a lot left sided pain in my back and it radiates to the front just below my right breast. I have had a CAT Scan and a chest xray with a diagnosis of minimal focal atelectasis. Can the symptoms I am having be associated with this?

Answer:

Atelectasis can be due to many different lung conditions, some of which can cause chest pain. However, atelectasis is common and may be completely unrelated to the chest discomfort that you are having. Some conditions that can cause both chest pain and atelectasis include pulmonary embolism (blood clots), infection (pneumonia), and autoimmune diseases. A pulmonologist can help determine if the atelectasis is related to the chest pain.

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Response by:

James N Allen, Jr, MD James N Allen, Jr, MD
Clinical Professor of Pulmonary, Allergy, Critical Care & Sleep Medicine
College of Medicine
The Ohio State University