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What is subsegmental atelectasis?

What is left lower lobe subsegmental atelectasis versus fibrosis? Is this a cause of tuberculosis, how can this be cure, please let me know because I am going to have medical and chest xray is included in order to pass the medical health for Residence Visa in Australia, thank you .
Mon, 22 Dec 2014
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Thanks for your question on HCM.
Atelectesis and fibrosis are two different things.
Atelectesis is partial collapse. While fibrosis is dead tissue , seen after healing. And both can be seen after TB infection.
When atelectesis involves terminal bronchioles, it is known as subsegmental atelectesis. And the most common cause for this is retained secretions.
So for visa purpose, I advice you to consult pulmonologist and get done CT THORAX and Bronchoscopy and BAL ( Broncho Alveolar Lavage ) analysis for TB.
As both will be needed to rule out active TB infection.
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What is subsegmental atelectasis?

Thanks for your question on HCM. Atelectesis and fibrosis are two different things. Atelectesis is partial collapse. While fibrosis is dead tissue , seen after healing. And both can be seen after TB infection. When atelectesis involves terminal bronchioles, it is known as subsegmental atelectesis. And the most common cause for this is retained secretions. So for visa purpose, I advice you to consult pulmonologist and get done CT THORAX and Bronchoscopy and BAL ( Broncho Alveolar Lavage ) analysis for TB. As both will be needed to rule out active TB infection.