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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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  • Contributors The corresponding author conceived the work, was in charge of the clinical diagnosis and treatment and edited the manuscript. All authors have contributed towards revising the manuscript for important intellectual content and participated in editing the pictures, checking syntax and upgrading the paper to its current form.

  • Competing interests None declared.

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  • Ethics approval Local Ethics Committee.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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