compensatory emphysema


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compensatory emphysema

[kəm′pen·sə‚tȯr·ē ‚em·fə′sē·mə]
(medicine)
Simple, nonobstructive overdistension of lung segments or an entire lung in intrathoracic adaptation to collapse, destruction, or removal of portions of the lung or the opposite lung.
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Postoperative chest X-ray showed good expansion of the right lung, minimal compensatory emphysema of the left upper lobe and the mediastinum still shifted slightly to the right.