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What can cause dullness and hyperresonance when percussing the chest wall?

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Dr. Robert Stachler
ENT and Head and Neck Surgery 31 years experience
Dullness on exam: Dullness on percussion during the chest exam suggests a consolidation in the lung. A pneumonia or mass can cause a consolidation. Hyperresonance is when the sounds from voicing are felt more strongly with the hands held on the chest wall or back. This also suggests a consolidation or a "full lung". Hope this helps.

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