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19 Jan 2003

Dear Doc
Thank you for your reply about my question on an x-ray I had showing that I had atelectasis. My question is that I had written to you before about a problem that I have with pneumonia after every time I have a long haul flight. You suggested that I could have had a pulmonary embolism. Since then I had the x-ray to see if I had one and it came back negitive. Now I still have this pain in my ribs in my back and the x-ray showed atelectasis. Could they be connected? Why did the expensive x-ray that I had to see if I had a pulmonary embolism not show that the bottom part of my lung wasn't working? I must admit I didn't see the result of that x-ray, just relied on my doctor to tell me whether it was a problem or not.
Thank you for your advise.
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01 Jan 0001

Butternut, it’s difficult to say if the atelectasis is the cause of the pain, but it might be. Maybe the best would be to see a pulmonologist (lung specialist) and find out. Good luck.
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