A 32-year-old male asked:
What is the definition or description of: grunting breaths?
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Pediatrics 41 years experience
Respiratory distress: is often accompanied by a grunting sound which is the body's way of providing positive end expiratory pressure, a dynamic that can help with air exchange. As the glottis closes early, producing the grunting sound, the lungs are held open longer to allow for better air exchange. A therapeutic maneuver used to accomplish the same thing is to provide positive end expiratory pressure mechanically, helping to reduce the effort required for the infant to maintain proper air exchange.
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Last updated Dec 31, 2016
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