Am J Perinatol 1999; Volume 16(Number 10): 0521-0524
DOI: 10.1055/s-1999-7287
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TRANSIENT MARKED ATELECTASIS: AN UNUSUAL COMPLICATION OF ASTHMA IN PREGNANCY

Chukwuma I. Onyeije, David M. Sherer, Larry Ham, Nofit Weiss, Georges Sylvester
  • Division of Maternal-Fetal Medicine, The Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology and Women's Health, Montefiore Medical Center, The Albert Einstein College of Medicine, Bronx, New York.
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31. Dezember 1999 (online)

ABSTRACT

We present an unusual case in which a patient with asthma presented with acute respiratory distress of acute onset, secondary to marked atelectasis of the right middle and lower lobes, which resolved within 24 hr following administration of increased doses of intravenous steroids, inhalation therapy (β-agonists and steroids), and pulmonary physiotherapy. This transient occurrence responding to basic therapeutic measures was considered consistent with the release of a mucous plug which had caused the above obstruction and associated symptomatology and radiographic findings. This case illustrates and supports the practice of chest imaging in patients with atypical presentations of asthma and stresses the importance of pulmonary physiotherapy and bronchodilatory therapy as primary therapeutic agents in cases of mucous plug-associated atelectasis.

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