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Why does the doctor tap on your chest during an exam? What exactly is he looking for?

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Dr. Brian Bezack
Pediatrics - Pulmonology
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In brief: Aeration

The method of tapping on the chest is called percussion.
It is done to different parts of the body. On the chest, the doctor is making sure the lungs are filled with air and not fluid or infection.

In brief: Aeration

The method of tapping on the chest is called percussion.
It is done to different parts of the body. On the chest, the doctor is making sure the lungs are filled with air and not fluid or infection.
Dr. Brian Bezack
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Dr. Craig Brown
Internal Medicine - Pulmonology

In brief: Percussion

There is a certain sound comes with tapping on a normal chest.
It sounds almost like a drum. When the sound is dull to percussion we suspect problems like fluid around the lung and possible pneumonia (if a patient has symptoms). It is a helpful part of the physical exam of the lungs.

In brief: Percussion

There is a certain sound comes with tapping on a normal chest.
It sounds almost like a drum. When the sound is dull to percussion we suspect problems like fluid around the lung and possible pneumonia (if a patient has symptoms). It is a helpful part of the physical exam of the lungs.
Dr. Craig Brown
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