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Pulmonary Fibrosis

DVTs, PEs, and bibasilar atelectasis

12/30/2008

Question:

I have had 11 dvt`s and 5 pe`s and do not test positive for factor V. I now have been diagnosed with atalectasis of the lungs. Can the DVT`S I have had caused this?

Answer:

Yes, atelectasis can be caused by pulmonary emboli. Although it often resolves as the pulmonary are treated, sometimes the atelectasis can be permanent.

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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