You might be at risk for atelectasis if you can't take deep breaths or cough, or if you have an airway blockage.
Conditions that can increase your risk for atelectasis include:
People who have one of the conditions above and who smoke or are obese are at greater risk for atelectasis than people who don't smoke or aren't obese.
Infants and toddlers (birth to 3 years old) who have risk factors for atelectasis seem to develop the condition more easily than adults.
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November 20, 2013
Gary H. Gibbons
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