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Massive pulmonary atelectasis in infants of 1st and 8/12 years of age: Report of a case

Journal of Anesthesia & Critical Care: Open Access
Dalila Balderas-Vázquez,<sup>1</sup> Erik Javier Mendoza-Mejías<sup>2</sup>


Background: an exhaustive search of the descriptors in Mesh was carried out , using original national and international articles from Pubmed, Medlineplus, LILACS journals, in Spanish in English. The problem raised is given because conventional chest physiotherapy (CFT) continues as one of the main interventions in the treatment of pulmonary atelectasis, however; Why is FTC still used in the management of pulmonary atelectasis if there is not enough evidence to demonstrate its effectiveness as a therapeutic intervention?
Method: in the present study, qualitative methodology will be used to present a clinical case of an infant younger than 1 year and 8 months, who developed massive right pulmonary atelectasis without the slightest clinical suspicion of a foreign body (FB) in the right bronchus, which since the Initially it was managed with FTC maneuvers, without the expected result and development of complications inherent to the intervention.Results: In this case report, an early diagnosis of the reason why the infant developed right pulmonary atelectasis is required, managed with an intervention without sufficient evidence of its effectiveness for the resolution of the present respiratory complication and without the diagnosis of the true cause of the same.


Conventional chest physiotherapy, respiratory physiotherapy, respiratory therapy, foreign body.