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Isn't atelectasis used to describe normal phenomenon, like patient was told to take a deep breath for the X-ray, but apparently didn't follow directions? WhatamIdoing 23:31, 17 October 2007 (UTC)

Atelectasis usually refers to alveoli that have difficulty inflating because they're stuck together or there is something filling them (like fluid). Je.rrt (talk) 17:41, 19 September 2011 (UTC)


Would someone versed in this subject kindly add a section on microatelectasis? Robert K S (talk) 17:02, 13 January 2009 (UTC)

In babies[edit]

Atelectasis in babies is an important topic; this article needs expansion to include this topic. --Una Smith (talk) 23:40, 30 October 2009 (UTC)


Etymology is not totally right:

έχτασις should be έκτασις in Greek ( ektasis)- or better

New Latin, from Greek atelēs incomplete, defective (from a- + telos, end) + ektasis extension, from ekteinein to stretch out, from ex- + teinein to stretch


where in greek atelēs= ἀτελές, telos= τέλος, ektasis= ἔκτασις, ekteinein = ἐκτείνειν — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 09:23, 17 October 2011 (UTC)

Andy Wilson's Disease[edit]

Is there a citation for this? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 23:08, 24 September 2012 (UTC)

Needs some simplification[edit]

It would be very helpful if an expert in this subject could write a paragraph or two to summarize the topic without using medical jargon. I'm a fairly intelligent, well-read guy, but I came to this article to understand the idea of "collapsed lung", and I still have no idea what it means or whether this is even the right article to be looking at. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 04:18, 14 February 2014 (UTC)

Regarding "collapsed heart" as a synonym for atelectasis[edit]

The Infobox of this article currently mentions "collapsed heart" as a synonym for atelectasis. I am not a medical expert, so I cannot say for certain, but I personally find it hard to believe that "collapsed heart" is a synonym for this condition, as it has nothing to do with the heart. Additionally, I am unable to locate a reference to the condition as a collapsed heart within the article itself, aside from the sole note in the Infobox. Could someone please add a verifiable reference citation that shows that the term is a commonly used synonym? (talk) 07:04, 5 February 2018 (UTC)

I am the author of the above message and subject. I have performed a search for the term "collapsed heart", and I have failed to find any evidence that the term is synonymous with atelectasis. I believe, based on the other references cited in the article, that the correct synonym for atelectasis is a collapsed lung, not a collapsed heart; therefore I have changed the Infobox to reflect this. (talk) 12:37, 19 February 2018 (UTC)