There may be no obvious signs or symptoms of atelectasis. If you do experience signs and symptoms, they may include:
- Difficulty breathing (dyspnea)
- Rapid, shallow breathing
- Low-grade fever
When to see a doctor
Significant atelectasis is likely to occur when you're already in a hospital. However, see your doctor right away if you have trouble breathing. Other conditions besides atelectasis can cause breathing difficulties and require an accurate diagnosis and prompt treatment. If your breathing becomes increasingly difficult, seek emergency care.
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