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Difference between shallow breaths and tachypnea?

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Dr. Robert Fink
Pediatrics

In brief: Shallow versus fast

Shallow breaths are less deep and can be completley normal.
Tachypnea is fast breathing, generally breathing above 30 breaths per minute in an adult. If you are breathing very shallow breaths you will probably also breathe faster than normal so you could often have shallow breathing and tachypnea or fast breathing at the same time.

In brief: Shallow versus fast

Shallow breaths are less deep and can be completley normal.
Tachypnea is fast breathing, generally breathing above 30 breaths per minute in an adult. If you are breathing very shallow breaths you will probably also breathe faster than normal so you could often have shallow breathing and tachypnea or fast breathing at the same time.
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