Living with Atelectasis

Living with atelectasis in its severe form can be quite a challenge. Learn all you can about your condition and follow your doctor’s advice with regard to the treatment of the underlying cause. Your doctor may recommend that you use a device known as incentive spirometry on an hourly basis as it helps expand your lungs. You may also need to consult with a respiratory therapist on a long term basis to help keep your lungs free of phlegm. Try and avoid dehydration and the over use of medication such as painkillers that may prevent your ability to take deep breaths.

More information on atelectasis can be found at:

  1. American Lung Association: Lung helpline

  1. Janet Aldrich, Chapter 62 - Atelectasis, In: Lesley G. King, MVB, MRCVS, DACVECC, DACVIM, DECVIM-CA, Editor(s), Textbook of Respiratory Disease in Dogs and Cats, W.B. Saunders, Saint Louis, 2004, Pages 465-472, ISBN 9780721687063, 10.1016/B978-0-7216-8706-3.50066-9.