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Doctor insights on: Decreased Or Absent Breath Sounds

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Why bronchial breath sounds are heard over the infraclavicular area?

Why bronchial breath sounds are heard over the infraclavicular area?

Infection/ Cancer: Tb usually cause supaclavicular bronchial breath sound. Where as bacterial pneumonia can cause bronchial breath sounds in the lower lobe area. And localized area of bronchial breathing in paratracheal or infraclavicular region with history of smoking makes one think in terms of ruling out cancer. ...Read more

Decreased Breath Sounds (Definition)

Absent or decreased sounds can mean: * Air or fluid in or around the lungs (pneumonia, heart failure, pleural effusion) * Increased thickness of the chest wall * Over-inflation of a part of the lungs (emphysema can cause this) * Reduced airflow to ...Read more


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What are breath sounds with pe?

What are breath sounds with pe?

Usually normal...: Most of the time, the breath sounds in a patient with a pulmonary embolus, or pe, are normal. The problem when a pe is present is a blocked blood vessel where the blood clot is located! ...Read more

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Can breath sounds be both clear and diminished at the same time?

Can breath sounds be both clear and diminished at the same time?

Breath Sounds: Yes. Absolutely. Clear breath sounds means that the air is moving without too much fluid or mucous or wheezing. And diminished means that the airways may be tight and not allowing much air flow to that area of the lungs. ...Read more

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What kind of breath sounds do you expect to hear in patients with atelectasis? What would very loud breath sounds indicate?

What  kind of breath sounds do you expect to hear in patients with atelectasis? What would very loud breath sounds indicate?

Nothinng: With atelectasis, there is no lung space through which air travels to make sound. Other areas of lung may make enough noise to prevent the lack of air sounds to be noticed. Atelectasis is often dx'd by x-ray. ...Read more

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20 m baby was having minor chokes quite frequently last evening. Has been making funny breath sounds during sleep. Possibly rti or frn body or allegy?

20 m baby was having minor chokes quite frequently last evening. Has been making funny breath sounds during sleep. Possibly rti or frn body or allegy?

See doctor: Foreign body ingestion pretty common in this age group. Other common things occur to cause abnormal breathing as well. If your baby isn't breathing right please take your baby to the doctor right away. ...Read more

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What causes dyspnea and abnormal breath sounds for mitral stenosis?

What causes dyspnea and abnormal breath sounds for mitral stenosis?

Depends on severity: If severe, mitral stenosis can cause pulmonary edema or fluid buildup in the lung tissue and air spaces as a result of increasing left atrial pressure and pulmonary venous congestion. This may led to shortness of breath as well as crackles on exam. ...Read more

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When I FULLY exhale the VERY last bit of breath sounds wheezy and I feel the urge to cough. Normal breathing ok?

When I FULLY exhale the VERY last bit of breath sounds wheezy and I feel the urge to cough. Normal breathing ok?

No: Since asthmatic wheezing is the air getting caught in the airways at the end of expiration, it sounds as you are having air trapping in the bronchioles. See your doctor, to do an exam, pulmonary function testing and possb=ibly treat. ...Read more

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Subsequent to inserting breathing tube patient has no breath sounds in left lung what could have happened?

Subsequent to inserting breathing tube patient has no breath sounds in left lung what could have happened?

Taking a test?: No breath sounds on the left after placing an endotracheal tube usually means the tube is in too far and is only aerating the right lung. Simple fix, pull the tube back. ...Read more

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Mitral stenosis- does this cause dyspnea and abnormal breath sounds?

Mitral stenosis- does this cause dyspnea and abnormal breath sounds?

Depends on severity: If severe, mitral stenosis can cause pulmonary edema or fluid buildup in the lung tissue and air spaces as a result of increasing left atrial pressure and pulmonary venous congestion. This may led to shortness of breath as well as crackles on exam. ...Read more

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135 pulse rate, 98 spo2, 103.8 temperature, 3yr old female, breath sounds clear, no SOB, should I take her to urgent care? Concerned about EN-D68

135 pulse rate, 98 spo2, 103.8 temperature, 3yr old female, breath sounds clear, no SOB, should I take her to urgent care? Concerned about EN-D68

Yes: If you're worried about EV-D68 (http://www.cnn.com/2014/09/08/health/enterovirus-d68-symptoms/index.html), then yes, better safe than sorry. Besides, depending upon your reference, some might consider 135bpm to be elevated for 3yo (http://www.emedicinehealth.com/pediatric_vital_signs/article_em.htm). Don't forget, other germs can cause fever, too. Urinary tract infections are very common in girls. ...Read more

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