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adhesive atelectasis


Definition: alveolar collapse in the presence of patent airways, especially when surfactant is inactivated or absent, particularly in respiratory distress syndrome of the newborn, acute radiation pneumonitis, or viral pneumonia.

Synonym(s): microatelectasis, nonobstructive atelectasis

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