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Perioperative Atelectasis: A Case Report

Ying Zhang, Xue-Min Song, Yan-Lin Wang, Zong-ze Zhang, Jian-Guo Li, Xu-Ming Yang, Hong-Yu Wang

The Research Center of Anesthesiology and Critical Care Medicine, Zhongnan Hospital of Wuhan University, Wuhan, Hubei, China (mainland)

Med Sci Case Rep 2017; 4:105-109

DOI: 10.12659/MSCR.905516

Available online: 2017-10-18

Published: 2017-10-18


BACKGROUND: Perioperative hypoxemia is a common clinical phenomenon, which brings many adverse consequences.
CASE REPORT: Here, we describe the case of a 62-year-old female patient who presented with a tumor (2.0×2.0 cm2) in the right axilla. After the surgery, the patient was transferred to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) because of severe hypoxemia (SpO2 60%).
CONCLUSIONS: A CT scan suggested bilateral atelectasis associated with mechanical ventilation.

Keywords: Anoxia, Respiration, Artificial