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Korean Journal of Anesthesiology 1997;32(1):135-138.
DOI: https://doi.org/10.4097/kjae.1997.32.1.135   
Atelectasis of Right upper Lobe after Left Thoracotomy under General Inhalation Anesthesia.
Mun Ok Lee, Hyeon Kil Choi, Young Saeng Kim, Sung Du Cho, Nam Woen Song
1Department of Anesthesia, Maryknoll Hospital, Pusan, Korea.
2Department of Anesthesiology, Inha University College of Medicine, Incheon, Korea.
3Department of Anesthesiology, Yonsei Cardiovascular Center and Research Institute, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
Pulmonary atelectasis is a common complication following surgery under general anesthesia. However, collapse during anesthesia and surgery is rare, and usually is not diagnosed until the surgical procedure is well under way. Total or segmental lung collapses are usually resulted from the obstruction of bronchial pathway by secretions such as mucus, blood and pus etc. We experienced acute lung collapse of right upper lobe during left thoracotomy. We assumed that the cause of the atelectasis was an obstruction of right superior lobar bronchus by mucus. The possible cause of lung collapse is described.
Key Words: Complication; Lung atelectasis
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