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Obstructive atelectasis of the lung
  1. Simone Scarlata,
  2. Isaura Rossi Bartoli,
  3. Claudio Pedone,
  4. Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi
  1. Geriatrics—Unit of Respiratory Pathophysiology, Campus Bio Medico University and Teaching Hospital, Rome, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Scarlata Simone, Geriatrics—Unit of Respiratory Pathophysiology, Campus Bio Medico University and Teaching Hospital, Via Alvaro del Portillo 200, Rome 00128, Italy; s.scarlata{at}unicampus.it

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A 78-year-old man presented with cough, sputum, fever (max 39°C) and neutrophilic leucocytosis (WBC 11.000/mmc). Five months earlier, he had the same symptoms and a CT scan had shown a triangular, wedge-shaped opacity of the middle lobe. No air bronchogram was present (figure 1A). At that time, he was treated with a 10-days course of a cephalosporin, with improvement of …

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