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Why Does It Take 15 Minutes To Listen To My Lungs When I Go For A Check Up
Hard to tell: Depending on the practice setting (ppo/private practice, hmo/private practice, large/busy group practice, public clinic) a doctor may have anywhere between 10-30 minutes to see a typical patient. If a patient feels his doctor is spending too much time on one part of the exam, the patient can try another doctor to compare the service he receives from the two doctors. ...Read more
Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more
While many: Decry the low sensitivity and specificity of physical exam, serious problems like bronchospasm can only be detevted by phys ex. Pleural fluid can be as well. But i've never detected a 5mm nodule with a stethoscope. Wheezing stertorous breath sounds rales and rhonchi are still important findings and help secure a diagnisis. ...Read more
I have this whistling sound on exhale for months the doctor used stethoscope to listen to my lungs and there was nothing abnormal. what could this be?
Whistling sound: If it is not coming from your lungs, then it must be above your lungs, in the air passages, throat or mouth, even from your teeth. ...Read more
Breath sounds: in normal lungs sound like "leaves rustling in a wind-blown forest" as one book describes (McGowan). But the doctor is mainly trying to detect abnormal sounds such as wheezing (can be diffuse or localized and have specific causes), or rales or harsh sand paper like sounds. Absent or reduced lung sounds indicate emphysema or a pneumothorax. ...Read more
Lungs: Doctors listen for air movement and abnormal lung sounds (rales, wheezes, rhonchi) which can indicate a disease or problem in the lungs. ...Read more
Yes: Being a smoker doesn't necessarily mean that a doctor can pick it by listening the patient's lungs. Smoking doesn't cause any special audible phenomena, rather than auditory abnormalities that are common in other types of pulmonary/cardiac diseases - bronchitis, asthma, copd, congestive heart failure. However, by listening to a smoker's lungs, the physician may be able to smell the smell of smoke. ...Read more
When you listen to the lungs of an ex-preemie, do you define "clear lung sounds" differently than with a kid without bpd? please explain.
Clear means clear...: Clear lung sounds means the doctor does not hear the sounds of wheezing (as in asthma), stridor (as in croup or a narrowed airway), rhonchi (as in rattling mucus globs), etc... However, some patients with chronic lung disease (some are preemies, many are not) have lungs that never sound completely clear. One's regular doctor knows this, and might say "clear lung sounds" to mean no new bad sounds. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Not exactly: You exam plus your history give a lot of data; pulmonary function tests help but don't exclude or rule in the diagnosis. ...Read more
No: No one could diagnose tuberculosis by listening to lungs alone. The right clinical history and exam could help make the diagnosis. But you would need a culture typically from your sputum sample to grow the bacteria, mycobacterium tuberculosis, for a definitive diagnosis. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can listening to your heart with a stethoscope determine if there is a serious heart or lung condition?
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